Cambuslang Road reopens on Friday
Network Rail has thanked drivers in Rutherglen and Cambuslang for their patience while work was carried out on the railway bridge over Cambuslang Road.
The road will reopen this Friday after 14 weeks of work to strengthen it.
The road closure also enabled both Scottish Water and South Lanarkshire Council to undertake work in order to prevent disruption in the future.
The closure caused traffic chaos in Rutherglen and Cambuslang when it began back in February.
Network Rail programme manager Billy McKay said: “We knew that the A724 was an important access point to the M74, as well as a route for local traffic, so the importance of completing this work on programme wasn’t lost on us.
“However, closing the road was the most efficient and safest way to undertake the work required on the bridge and hopefully any short-term inconvenience was worthwhile in the long run as the refurbished bridge will minimise future disruption for both road and rail users.
“Delivering this work in just 14 weeks was a logistical challenge but we planned the job carefully with our contractors Taziker Industrial. The project team deserve credit for getting the work delivered on time and on budget.
“We are grateful for the support of our colleagues at South Lanarkshire Council and the cooperation and patience of road users and the local community during this work.”
The focus of the work on the bridge was to extend the bridge’s lifespan and limit further maintenance requirements which may have caused inconvenience to road or rail passengers. The strengthening work will last 60 years, the steel repairs 30 years and the paintwork 25 years.