DRIVERS have been warned of delays on the motorways around Glasgow as three months of major roadworks cause “significant” disruption.
Transport Scotland has urged motorists to allow extra time for journeys while the work takes place to install new gantries.
The roads affected are the M8, M74 and M73 which are used by thousands of drivers and commuters, including a number of bus passengers, every day.
This work, which is part of a £500m project to upgrade Scotland’s motorway network comes in addition to major roadworks already under way.
Transport Scotland urged motorists to allow extra time or take an alternative route.
To ensure safety the carriageways of sections of the M8 and M74 are being reduced to two lanes and various slip roads will be closed.
Locations where significant delays are expected are the M74, northbound and southbound between Junction 2A Fullarton and Junction 6 Hamilton and the M8 east and westbound from Junction 10 Easterhouse to Junction 8 Baillieston
Graeme Reid, project manager for the M8 M73 M74 motorway improvements project, said: “Whilst we’re doing everything we can to minimise the disruption, delays will be inevitable, so we’re asking motorists to check the Transport Scotland and Traffic Scotland websites for updates on these key routes, to plan their journeys in advance and to look at taking an alternative route if possible.”
Transport Scotland said when complete, the upgrade project would significantly reduce congestion across the central Scotland motorway network, cutting about 20 minutes off the daily commute from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
The improvements include a new 2,000 tonne railway bridge, commissioned by Transport Scotland, which was slid into place over the M8 in July to carry rail services between North Lanarkshire and Glasgow.
It will carry the Rutherglen and Whifflet line over the new M8, which is under construction to the south of the existing A8 in North Lanarkshire.
Work to upgrade the M8, M73 and M74 is due to be completed in spring 2017.
Graeme Reid, of Transport Scotland, said: “The success of the bridge slide marks a significant milestone as part of the M8 M73 M74 motorway improvements project and is the first tangible improvement to the transport infrastructure.