Drivers face road closure detours
Motorists will face 10 days of delays and diversion as the A709 between Dumfries and Lockerbie gets repaired.
The route will be closed for the duration of the resurfacing works.
And that means long detours for commuters and other road users.
The works will take place between Torthorwald and Dumfries from 9am on Saturday, October 14 to 5pm on Monday, October 23.
The road will be closed between the C7 Catherinefield Road/A709 roundabout for approximately 750m, stopping short of the layby south west of the C8 Low Road junction.
Diversions will be in place for HGVs plus other traffic from Lockerbie via the A709, B7076 (all-purpose route), A701, A75 and vice versa. Local diversion will also be in place at Lochmaben via B7020, then A701 or A75 and vice versa.
Signage will be installed in advance of the works and to cater for businesses affected by the closure. The work will involve removing part of the old road to reduce the overall weight and the remaining element will then be pulverised and recycled. A grid will then be placed on top of the recycled road to provide strength and flexibility and then the new surface coat called MacRebur. A council spokeswoman said: “The work being carried out includes removing part of the old road to reduce the overall weight. “The remaining element will then be pulverised and recycled, a grid will then be placed on top of the recycled road to provide strength and flexibility. “Finally a new wearing coat will be applied using a new innovating product called MacRebur. This new road surface is something that we are trialling at various locations across the region, the product incorporates recycled plastic pellets into asphalt which in turn results is a greener, stronger running surface.”