Transport Scotland has said that an extra £15m funding will see repairs carried out at more than 50 locations on the country’s trunk roads and bridges during this financial year.
The devolved administration’s transport body said the spending, which was announced as part of the administration’s Programme for Government, will fund additional resurfacing to address wear and tear on twenty-five routes, tackling potholes and reducing the need for more expensive and disruptive major maintenance in the future.
Scottish transport Minister Humza Yousaf
Scottish transport minister Humza Yousaf said: ‘Scotland’s trunk roads are one of our largest assets and they are fundamental to our economy, supporting our key industries. The Scottish Government has invested more than £6.5bn in the network since 2007 and we are proceeding with major projects like the dualling of the A9 and A96.
‘And while our trunk routes remain in overall good condition, it is clear that extra investment could make further improvements. We have allocated this additional funding to allow the work to go ahead in this financial year and around fifty extra maintenance projects are being carried out.
‘Careful thought has been given about how to get the most out of this new funding and it is being used on projects that will help prolong the life of the network. Our operating companies are making the repairs in addition to the work they already have planned for this year.’
The programme of works includes repairs to the A82, A90, M8 and A77. Repairs will also be made to the deck of the approach spans to the Kincardine Bridge and to the parapets on a number of smaller bridges.