Contractors have started work on the penultimate phase of a long-awaited road designed to divert traffic from a busy town centre.
Phase four of the Bishopbriggs Relief Road will replace the existing Westerhill Road and tie into the third section - which was officially opened last summer - at the roundabout on Wester Cleddens Road.
The project includes the construction of a new bridge over the railway line and a new roundabout.
Work to set out the line of the new road and clear vegetation began last week, with the main construction starting at the end of this year and completed around autumn 2017.
Westerhill Road will remain operational during construction, with the ‘tie-in’ to Phase 3 programmed at the end to minimise disruption.
The delivery of the £7.5M road is part of the council’s 10-year capital programme and is being part-funded using developers’ contributions from the Bishopbriggs East housing development.
There are five phases in total to deliver the complete relief road. Phases one and two - which are largely within the Glasgow boundary - are complete and connect drivers to the Robroyston roundabout and onto the M80.
Phase three was wholly funded by developers’ contributions and delivered by Taylor Wimpey as part of the planning obligations associated with their Bishopbriggs East housing development. It opened in summer 2014.
Following completion, the existing Westerhill Road and bridge will be an active travel corridor for pedestrians and cyclists.
Councillor Alan Moir, convener of development and regeneration, said: “The Bishopbriggs Relief Road continues to be a priority for East Dunbartonshire Council and I am delighted that we are here at the start of the fourth phase.
“Once complete, it will cut the number of vehicles travelling through the town centre - improving air quality, cutting congestion and increasing economic vitality.
“What’s more, the funding for this project has been provided by the private sector and the capital programme - which is completely separate from the revenue budget, which pays for day-to-day services and is experiencing huge pressures.”