Trunk road to close overnight

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A section of the A68, between Fala Moor to Saughland Road, will be closed overnight to allow resurfacing work to be carried out.

In an effort to minimise future disruption to road users, Amey will use the closure to carry out road safety works as well as the re-laying of road markings and upgrading and installing new warning signs.

Signed diversions will be in place while the trunk road works are carried out between 7.30pm to 6.30am from Monday, September 5, to Wednesday, September 14.

A reduced speed limit will come into force when the road re-opens as normal outwith the working hour times.

The estimated cost for all works is £280,000 and will benefit around 11,000 vehicles using this section of the A68 each day by ensuring road users experience greater journey time reliability, continued safety and comfort.

During the closure period there will be two signed diversion routes – one for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and the other for all other traffic.

The two diversion routes are as follows: HGVs: southbound HGVs will be diverted along the A7 from A720 Sheriffhall Roundabout to the A6091 at Melrose.

They will then be diverted back on to the A68, south of Earlston. Northbound HGVs will follow the same diversion in reverse.

Other traffic diversion: southbound traffic will be diverted on to the A6093 (north of Pathhead).

From here they will be diverted on to the B6371 and travel through Peasdon towards Humbie, then on to the B6368 returning to the A68 north of Soutra Hill (south of Fala). The northbound diversion will operate in reverse.

This scheme has been planned in consultation with Police Scotland, Midlothian Council and East Lothian Council.

Emergency vehicles and local bus services will be escorted through the works.

Local access to Fala Village will be maintained.

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