Trib­utes made to M8 man

Wishaw Press - - SCHOOL NEWS -

A Wishaw civil en­gi­neer who played a piv­i­tal role in the cre­ation of the M8 Glas­gow to Ed­in­burgh mo­tor­way has died.

One of Scot­land’s best known civil en­gi­neers, road builder William McAlo­nan was 88.

Known to pals as Bill, William was di­rec­tor of roads for Strath­clyde Re­gion for 12 years.

As well as his key role in the M8, he also over­saw im­prove­ments to the A82 Glas­gow to In­ver­ness road, con­sid­ered one of the world’s most scenic drives.

A spokesman for Glas­gow Mo­tor­way Ar­chive said: “Dur­ing William’s ten­ure, sev­eral high-pro­file schemes were con­structed, the most pres­ti­gious of which was the com­ple­tion of the M8 mo­tor­way.”

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