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More M90 resurfacing works spell misery for motorists

Traffic on the M90.
Traffic on the M90.

Travellers are facing more motorway misery when the M90 is partially closed for three weeks.

Bear Scotland has announced the latest phase of resurfacing work on the notorious stretch of road will begin on Monday.

Almost a mile of the route between junction 7 Hilton and junction 8 Arlary will see road surface repairs and improvements to the central reservations carried out.

In January the firm carried out resurfacing work between junction 6 and 7, with a contraflow causing long tailbacks in both directions at rush hour.

Motorists were forced to wait out the queues as a closed sliproad meant they were unable to divert via Milnathort.

The latest programme of work, which will cost £680,000 to carry out, with see the road resurfaced over the first 14 days, with the final week dedicated to upgrades on the central reservation.

A contraflow system was put in place on the latest section over the weekend.

A Bear Scotland spokesman said: “Traffic management will be in place throughout the works for the safety of the workforce and motorists.

“A contraflow system will be in operation throughout the resurfacing works, whilst the central reservation works will be carried out under lane closures on the northbound and southbound of the carriageway.”

Andy Thompson, Bear Scotland’s North East representative, said: “This latest investment from Transport Scotland has allowed us to accelerate repairs to the next section of the northbound M90, helping to ensure our network continues to operate at the highest standard.

“We encourage motorists to plan their journey in advance and check the Traffic Scotland website before setting out.”

The works will be carried out by Bear Scotland and have been planned in consultation with Police Scotland, Perth and Kinross Council and Transport Scotland.

Motorists have been left frustrated by the rolling programme of road works on the M90, especially in the area around Kinross in which constant disruption for motorists often leaves the road surface little better than previously.

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