New Auchenkilns junction opens
A new road interchange on the A80 at Auchenkilns on the outskirts of Glasgow begins operating today.
The roundabout has been replaced by a new flyover with four new slip roads connecting with a new bridge over the A80 and the realigned B8048 and A73. The cost is £22.24 million.
Transport Minister Tavish Scott said:
"The Auchenkilns roundabout was one of the most notorious traffic bottlenecks in Central Scotland. Around 70,000 vehicles use the A80 every day. This new interchange, which has happened through funding from Scotlands devolved government, will permit the free flow of traffic on the road travelling to and from Glasgow.
"These improvements will bring real benefits to road users by improving safety, tackling congestion and improving journey times. This is good news for business and for the thousands of motorists who use this road every day.
"All those involved are to be congratulated for working in partnership to resolve the engineering challenges presented by this major project."
Work started on January 5, 2004. Completion was expected on September 26 this year but difficult ground conditions caused a delay.
Extensive environmental mitigation measures are in hand to replace trees removed and to enhance and manage existing woodland. Drainage has been re-directed through a new wetland area to compliment the surrounding environment. The impact of road has been mitigated through installation of noise barriers and low noise surfacing. Landscaping in the diamond formed by new junction will create a new gateway feature.