Beware – roadworks on busy Waterside Road for six weeks

GV of roadworks on New Lairdsland Road, Kirkintilloch. Chaos feared over roadworks'Photo by Emma Mitchell'21/6/13
GV of roadworks on New Lairdsland Road, Kirkintilloch. Chaos feared over roadworks'Photo by Emma Mitchell'21/6/13

ROADWORKS are taking place on one of Kirkintilloch’s busiest routes from this week.

A new traffic-signal controlled junction is being created on Waterside Road at Market Road, as part of the Woodilee housing development.

Works will take place from Monday, July 1, to Tuesday, August 13, with temporary traffic lights in place.

The council’s director of roads and neighbourhood services, Grace Irvine, said: “In addition, Market Road will require to be closed between its junctions with the B8048 Waterside Road and Bridgeway Road during the same period.

“The roadworks have been scheduled during the school summer holidays to minimise traffic disruption. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

Meanwhile, work is taking place this week to alleviate flooding at Townhead, which has been causing misery for pedestrians for years.

However, it is misery on the roads which is concerning local motorists.

Three months of roadworks are already underway on New Lairdsland Road, with temporary lights causing delays.

And it’s not just Kirkintilloch – Wester Cleddens and South Crosshill roads in Bishopbriggs are said to be “chaos” at peak times due to the two-month closure of Mentieth Avenue for gas works.

Grace Irvine, director of roads and neighbourhood services, said: “The roadworks on New Lairdsland Road are scheduled for 12 weeks, but it is hoped that the work will be completed in less.

“There has been one week allocated to carry out the drainage work in Townhead, but until the team can get into the drainage system it is difficult to be specific about the duration of disruption.

“We try to programme as many works as possible for the summer holidays as there is greater chance of dry weather, which enables us to complete essential works more quickly.

“Occasionally this results in roadworks having to overlap. We will try to minimise traffic disruption through the use of temporary signals and apologise for any disruption caused.”

The council official said it was normal practice to alert motorists of roadworks a week in advance.

In terms of the Townhead works, she added: “There is a historical problem with flooding at this junction which causes problems for pedestrians and drivers.

“We understand people’s concerns about traffic delays so we hope to minimise disruption by manually controlling the temporary signals from 7am-7pm.”

Reader David McGuire said on Facebook: “They are making it impossible to dodge the traffic jams and then they wonder why we go up Loch Road and through Woodilee Industrial Estate to get onto the new road and the heck out of Kirky. It’s a shambles!”

Alex Truten added: “It would be great to see roadworks where they are actualy working on the road, like resurfacing them.”

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