Date lodged: 29 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government when the temporary traffic lights between Kirkconnel and New Cumnock on the A76 are scheduled for removal.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 19 February 2019
Following a road traffic accident on 14 January 2018, an LGV demolished 50m of safety barrier at this location, south of Marchburn. Temporary traffic signals and associated signing were provided at the time and are remain in place for public safety reasons.
The repair to the damaged fence has unfortunately been delayed due to difficulties in the design process. Replacing the damaged barrier with a like for like replacement is not possible due to the ground conditions and the presence of public utility apparatus which were laid after the current barrier was installed. As such, the design of a new barrier system which complies with required standards has been challenging. Investigations have taken place in several phases since the incident occurred in January 2018, with the final investigations taking place earlier in February 2019.
With investigations now complete, the design process can progress with a view to carrying out construction works in May 2019. Further details will be shared with stakeholders as the scheme develops.