DRAINAGE investigations are to be conducted over a 12km section of the M90 northbound carriageway starting next week running from the Kelty interchange.

The investigations will involve teams carrying out cleaning and CCTV surveying of the drainage network between Junction 4 (Kelty) and Junction 8 (Arlary) as part of general routine maintenance.

The works are scheduled to start on Tuesday February 11 and will take approximately eight days and nights to complete using 24-hour working, with investigations planned to be completed by Thursday February 20.

To ensure the safety of the workforce as well as motorists, 24hour lane closures with a 50mph speed restriction will be in place during the works. Lane closures will be implemented in approximately 2km sections over the overall 12km scheme extents.

Consultation has taken place will all relevant stakeholders in advance of works to make them aware of the traffic management arrangements and to minimise any inconvenience.

Commenting on the project, Andy Thompson, BEAR Scotland’s North East Representative, said: “These investigations are part of the general routine maintenance of the M90 carriageway and are essential in ensuring the drainage network is kept in good functional condition.

“The planned traffic management is essential to ensure the safety of both road workers and motorists. We’ve planned this project to take place 24/7 to ensure the works are completed as quickly as possible and to minimise the overall impact to road users.”

He added: “We thank motorists for their patience in advance while our teams carry out these essential works on the M90. "We encourage road users to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information and allow some extra time to reach their destination.”

Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead before setting out by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information. Real-time journey planning information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.