TRAFFIC heading west out of Kirkintilloch town centre has been brought to a shuddering halt by roadworks.
Waterside Road – one of the busiest routes in East Dunbartonshire – is closed from 9am to 8pm this week, between Loch Road and Bridgeway Road.
However, the road did not reopen on Monday night due to torrential rain.
The upshot has been a renewal of traffic chaos for residents of nearby streets such as Loch Road – which is bearing the brunt despite diversion signs.
One local said: “It’s chaos – cars coming in both directions meet in Loch Road and completely block the road. Rush hour in the morning and at night is a nightmare.
“People are avoiding Waterside Road because it’s closed, but they aren’t following the diversion, they are back to the old rat run – Loch Road.
“It’s not even saving that much time. I thought we were supposed to be getting traffic calming.”
Unfortunately the roadworks have coincided with ongoing problems with traffic lights at the busy junction of Merkland Drive and Waterside Road.
Keith Scrimgeour, roads and neighbourhood services manager at the council, said: “We are currently carrying out vital work to upgrade the set of traffic lights on this road and during the day while work is taking place, temporary signals are in use to control the traffic.
“There has been very heavy rain recently, and unfortunately, moisture made its way into exposed cables which caused them to fail.
“This issue has now been resolved and the temporary traffic controls are still in place while work to upgrade the traffic lights continues.”
Meanwhile, Waterside Road is closed between the junctions of Loch Road and Bridgeway Road between 9am and 8pm each day until Sunday.
Head of roads and neighbourhood services, David Devine, said: “The road is closed to carry out vital resurfacing works as part of the council’s £7.295m investment in East Dunbartonshire’s roads network.
“Alternative routes by way of Industry Street, Parliament Road, the A806 New Lairdsland Road, High Street, Eastside, Hillhead Road, Redbrae Road and the B8048 Waterside Road are clearly signposted.”
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