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Delays ahead as M8 realignment is completed

M8 road works

Motorists can expect significant delays for more than two months as work gets under way to complete the realignment of the M8 in North Lanarkshire.

Traffic will be diverted near Bargeddie from Friday 17 February for 10 weeks as part of the M8/M73/M74 improvements project.

Transport Scotland said the diversion was necessary to connect the newly built M8 to the existing motorway at Baillieston Interchange.

Project manager Graeme Reid said: “The M8/M73/M74 motorway improvements project is a very significant investment in the central Scotland motorway network which will greatly reduce congestion and boost the economy.

“These scheduled works are a major milestone of the £500m investment in the main route between Scotland’s two largest cities, which will see the completion of the M8 between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

“Whilst delays are inevitable on a project of this scale and complexity, and the impact this has on the travelling public is regrettable, these works are necessary to complete the M8 missing link.

“Road users can look forward to realising the benefits of the new motorway when it fully opens to traffic upon completion of these works in spring 2017.”

> The final segment for the Queensferry Crossing over the Forth was put in place today, completing the 1.7-mile link.

The final segment of the bridge deck was slotted into place by engineers early on Friday afternoon, the last of 122 deck sections.

The £1.35 billion structure is scheduled to be opened in May. The current Forth Road Bridge will be used for public transport, cycling and walking and the new crossing will take all other traffic.

Michael Martin, project director of Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors, said: “This is a massive milestone for the bridge today… it’s a landmark moment for us.”

Engineers are hopeful that the bridge will never have to close, due to 5,700 metres of 3.5-metre-high transparent shields being installed.

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