REFURBISHMENT works will take place on the Kingston Bridge complex over the next few weeks.

Resurfacing work will resume on the 430m West Street off-slip road overnight with closures from 10 pm on Monday to 6am on Tuesday. The road will close on Tuesday at 10 pm to 6am on Wednesday.

Follow-up works to replace thirteen ageing bridge joints will be carried out during a series of overnight closures between Tuesday, July 7 and Sunday, July 12 from 10 pm to 6 am.

The works announcement comes after we reported last week that the Kingston Bridge had marked its 50th birthday.

Peter McCann, Scotland TranServ’s Major Bridges Manager said: “The health and safety of our workers, our contractors and the travelling public is of paramount importance to Scotland TranServ. Many new working practices have been implemented across our own workforce and those of our contractors and suppliers as we work towards the future delivery of our programmes. Thorough risk assessments have been carried out as we take a lead in the delivery of trunk road maintenance.

“This is normally among the busiest sections of the M8, and as such is widely used by emergency services, freight, retail and delivery traffic as part of their essential working. It is important that we deliver this essential refurbishment programme in order to maintain road safety. Traffic volumes currently remain low, in line with government advice, and the programme can therefore be carried out safely and with minimal disruption.

“Scotland TranServ and Transport Scotland would like to take this opportunity to thank drivers for making only essential journeys over the last few months, and for protecting the country’s key workers.”

Traffic management will only be implemented once traffic volumes are sufficiently low. Local diversions will be in place through each overnight. Special arrangements have been made for emergency service vehicle access.

Further overnight works will also take place to resurface 0.6km of the Kingston Bridge West Street on-slip and install nineteen associated bridge joints between Friday, July 24 and Saturday, August 1.

During each programme of work drivers are advised to allow some additional time for their journeys.