THERE could be major disruption next week as work on a bridge is set to get under way.

Essential maintenance is planned for the A92 Lochgelly Overbridge with works set to get underway next week.

The project, which is located around a kilometre south of Lochgelly, will involve teams replacing some of the deck expansion joints on the overbridge ensuring the structure continues to operate safely for years to come.

The essential maintenance is scheduled to start on Monday, January 18 and will take place over five days with all work expected to be completed by Friday, January 22.

To ensure the safety of roadworkers and motorists, the road over the bridge will be closed throughout the duration of the project.

Motorists travelling eastbound will be diverted to Chapel Junction and westbound traffic will be diverted to Cowdenbeath Junction. The A92 will remain fully open throughout the project.

Strict physical distancing protocols, in line with Scottish Government Covid-19 guidance, will be in place to ensure all site personnel remain safe. Safe operating procedures and risk assessments have been developed to ensure teams are kept safe throughout the project.

Consultation has been carried out with Transport Scotland, Fife Council, emergency services, community councils and transport operators to inform them of the project in advance.

Commenting on the upcoming project, BEAR Scotland North East Representative Ian Stewart said: “This essential bridge maintenance project will allow our teams to carry out the replacement of expansion joints on the A92 Lochgelly Overbridge to ensure the bridge continues to operate safely.

“Due to the complexity of repairs, the traffic management arrangements are crucial for keeping our teams and motorists safe. The closure will also allow our teams to complete the repairs in the shortest possible timescale.

“We thank all road users and the local community for their patience in advance while we carry out these essential repairs.

“We encourage motorists to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information.”