Resurfacing of the eastbound carriageway between Lothianburn and Straiton junctions

BEAR Scotland will resurface approximately 500 metres of the A720 eastbound carriageway from Lothianburn to Straiton junctions over two nights, beginning tomorrow (Wednesday).

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 11:54 am
Pic Greg Macvean - Lothianburn Junction

For the safety of workers and road users, the A720 will be closed eastbound between Lothianburn Junction and Straiton Junction from 8.30pm- 6am on the nights of May 19 and 20.

During the periods of closure, a signed diversion route will be in place for traffic travelling eastbound via Lothianburn junction of the A720, the A702, B701 and A701 before rejoining the A720 at the Straiton Junction. The noted diversion routes will add an estimated six minutes and one mile to affected journeys.

Emergency lay-by upgrades will be undertaken westbound for two weeks, from May 24 – June 7 and eastbound for two weeks, from June 7 -21. Work will be constructed under lane closures each night between 8pm and 6am. Traffic Management will be removed after each nightshift and all lanes will remain open during the day. The lay-bys will remain closed during daytime working hours.

Overnight works to renew the road surface on the A720 westbound approach to Sheriffhall roundabout are set to begin on Wednesday, May 26.

Works will take place on May 26, 27 and 28 and June 1 and 2. Working hours will be between 8.30pm and 6am each night.

To allow for the works, the A720 will be closed westbound between the A720/A1 Old Craighall Junction and Sheriffhall roundabout. Access will be maintained on the A720 for vehicles travelling southbound on the A68 via Millerhill Junction.

During this period of closure, a signed diversion route will be in place from Old Craighall roundabout through Millerhill via the B6415 & A6106 where traffic can re-join the A720 at Sheriffhall Roundabout. In addition, the Westbound Onslip at the A720/A68 Millerhill Junction will be closed with traffic being directed to join the diversion route via the Eastbound A720 and Old Craighall Roundabout. The planned diversion is projected to add an estimated five minutes and an additional one mile to affected journeys.

All traffic management will be removed during the daytime.

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

Tommy Deans, BEAR Scotland’s South East Network Manager, said: “These surfacing improvements on the A720 will address and repair defects in the road surface, such as potholes or cracks, creating safer and smoother journeys for motorists. The lay-bys will be upgraded to modern emergency standards to provide vehicles with a fully compliant emergency stopping area.

“It is essential for the safety of road workers and motorists that we close the carriageway during these works, however we’ve scheduled them overnight in order to minimise any disruption.

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

All personnel on site will be subject to strict physical distancing protocols in line with Scottish Government guidance. Thorough risk assessments have been developed and cleansing stations will be implemented on site.

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

Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead before setting out by checking the Traffic Scotland website www.trafficscotland.org for up-to-date travel information and allowing extra time for their journey.