Roadworks at A720 Lothianburn westbound on-slip road

Motorists using the A720 Lothianburn westbound on-slip are set to benefit from an improved road surface, with BEAR Scotland planning to renew part of the trunk road next Friday (April 23).

Friday, 16th April 2021, 10:11 am
Updated Friday, 16th April 2021, 10:12 am
Pic Greg Macvean - A702 City Bypass and off ramp Lothianburn Junction heading west general views, rush hour, busy, traffic, cars.

For the safety of workers and road users, the A720 Lothianburn westbound on-slip will be closed from 8.30pm until 6am overnight April 23/24.

A signed diversion route will be in place. The diversion will be via the A720 heading eastbound to Straiton Junction, where traffic can turn and rejoin the A720 heading westbound and resume their journey. The noted diversion routes will add an estimated six minutes and four miles to affected journeys.

Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times. Strict physical distancing protocols, in line with Scottish Government guidance, are in place to protect teams and ensure they remain safe on site.

Consultation has been carried out with emergency services and relevant stakeholders to share information about the project in advance.

Tommy Deans, BEAR Scotland’s South East Network manager, said: “These surfacing improvements will significantly improve safety and ride quality for motorists on this section of the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass.

“The closure of the westbound on-slip at the Lothianburn junction is essential to ensure the safety of workers and road users. The works are planned to take place overnight to minimise disruption. We’ll do all we can to complete the project as quickly as possible.

“We thank motorists in advance for their patience and encourage them to plan ahead by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up-to-date travel information.”

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