DRIVERS using the M90 in both directions between Kelty and Halbeath are going to find some traffic issues over the next week as a major £500,000 resurfacing project goes ahead.

Essential major surfacing improvements to address a section of the M90 southbound carriageway, near Kelty, is set to take place from this evening (Thursday July 2) to next weekend.

The project will take place on the M90 southbound carriageway between the Cocklaw (Kelty) and Halbeath junctions and will involve teams carrying out resurfacing improvements.

The £540,000 improvements are planned to take place over one week using 24-hour working, with all improvements expected to be completed by 6.30am on Saturday July 11. To allow these works to be carried out in a safe and efficient manner, restrictions will be required on the network as follows, Thursday July 2 – overnight lane closures on both the northbound and southbound carriageway will be in place between 7.30pm and 6.30am to allow for traffic management to be installed ahead of the project.

Friday July 3 for one week – to ensure roadworkers and road users are kept safe during the project, a contraflow system of traffic management will be in place on the M90 between Cocklaw (Kelty) and Halbeath throughout the duration of the works.

Consultation has taken place with all relevant stakeholders in advance of the resurfacing 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: “This essential major £540,000 surfacing project on the M90 will upgrade the existing road surface, greatly improving the quality and safety for road users.

“At this difficult time the safety of our employees and our supply chain remains a top priority during this surfacing project, and all personnel will be subject to strict physical distancing protocols in line with Government guidance to ensure they are kept safe. Thorough risk assessments have been developed and cleansing stations will be implemented on site to ensure all staff remain safe".

Andy added: “The traffic management is essential to ensure the safety of road workers and motorists during the project.

"To help minimise any impact as much as possible, we’ve planned the improvements to take place using 24-hour working, and our teams will do all they can to complete the works as quickly and safety as possible.

“We thank motorists for their patience in advance while our teams carry out these essential improvements on the M90.”

Materials removed from the existing carriageway will be recycled using SEPA approved methods.