A WEEKEND of roadworks on the A92 between Lochgelly and Cowdenbeath will get underway on Friday evening.

A section of the southbound carriageway will be resurfaced with the improvements set to cost £245,000.

The works are scheduled to begin at 7.30pm on Friday and have been planned to take place over one weekend using 24-hour working.

All improvements are set to be completed by 6.30am on Monday.

Andy Thompson, BEAR Scotland’s north east representative, said: “The resurfacing between Lochgelly to Cowdenbeath is the next phase in a series of improvement projects that have been carried out along the A92 in recent years, and has been designed to create a smoother and safer journey for motorists.

“The resurfacing has been scheduled to take place over one weekend to minimise delays. The traffic management is essential to ensure the safety of our teams as well as motorists during the works, and to help minimise delays as much as possible, we’ve planned the improvements to take place over one weekend using 24-hour working. Our teams will do all they can to complete the works as quickly and safely as possible."

There will be overnight lane closures in place on both the northbound and southbound carriageway on Thursday to allow for traffic management to be safely put in place ahead of the project.

A contraflow system will be in place and the A92 Lochgelly southbound off-slip will be closed throughout the weekend, with a signed diversion route via the A92 southbound to Cowdenbeath then back on the A92 northbound to Lochgelly.

The southbound on-slip will also be closed for safety, a signed diversion route will be in place via the A92 northbound to Chapel then back on the A92 southbound where motorists can then re-join the road.

Consultation has taken place with local residents and stakeholders in advance of the resurfacing project to make them aware of the traffic management arrangements and to minimise any inconvenience.

Mr Thompson added: “We thank motorists for their patience in advance while our teams carry out these essential improvements on the A92.

"We encourage road users to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date traffic information and allow some extra time to reach their destination.”

Real-time journey planning information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org, at twitter @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.