A702 overnight and weekend closures

Tuesday September 15th 2020

A702-Silverburn

The A702 at Silverburn


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Motorists using the A702 in Midlothian are advised to plan ahead to avoid weekend and overnight road closures, with £410,000 worth of essential resurfacing works scheduled to begin at Silverburn on the evening of Thursday 1 October.

The works will see Transport Scotland’s operating company BEAR Scotland resurface 1.2km of carriageway, creating smoother and safer journeys for motorists.

To allow these works to be completed safely and efficiently, the A702 at Silverburn will be closed in both directions at the following times:

– From 19:30 until 06:30 on the night of Thursday 1 October

– From 19:30 on the evening of Friday 2 October until 06:30 on the morning of Monday 5 October

– From 19:30 until 06:30 on the nights of Monday 5 October, Tuesday 6 October and Wednesday 7 October.

A diversion route will be signposted between Nine Mile Burn and Easter Howgate via the A766, A701, and Bush Loan Road, adding an estimated 7 minutes and 1.8 miles to journeys.

The A702 will remain open in both directions outwith these closures, however a 30mph speed limit will be in place as road users will be travelling over a temporary surface.

Emergency services will be given access through the works at all times and local access for residents within the closure points will be maintained when it is safe to pass through the work area.

Strict physical distancing protocols are in place to protect teams and ensure they remain safe on site, in line with Scottish Government guidance.

Emergency services and other relevant stakeholders have been consulted in advance to make them aware of the plans.

Tommy Deans, BEAR Scotland’s South East Network Manager, said:

“These surfacing improvements will help to address the defects on this section of the A702 and will greatly improve the experience for motorists.

“It is essential that we close the road during these works to ensure the safety of road workers and motorists, however we’ve arranged for the project to take place overnight and at weekends to minimise the impact.

“We thank motorists and the local community in advance for their patience and understanding. We’ll do all we can to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the mobile site my.trafficscotland.org

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