THE SECOND phase of major works on the Tay Road Bridge is set to get under way next month.
Carriageway closures and traffic management arrangements will be introduced on the south (Fife) bound, in a mirror image of similar work successfully completed last year.
From Monday March 4, crossing will be via a contraflow arrangement, with the southbound closed and both Fife and Dundee traffic using the remaining carriageway on a single lane basis.
The works will see the original 1966 surface completely removed down to the concrete bridge deck and waterproofing applied before a new asphalt surface is laid on top. In addition, 92 new expansion or movement joints will also be installed.
Chair of the Tay Road Bridge Joint Board Cllr Gary Holt of Fife Council said: “We learned a lot from last year’s successful completion of similar work on the Dundee bound side but fundamentally we need to do these works to keep the bridge in good condition and safe to use for all users.
“We’ve received positive feedback about the new surface and while we appreciate that there will be some inconvenience to bridge users, a new road surface will provide a safer and smoother journey across the bridge.”
While the bridge will be accessible for most vehicle types, wide and abnormal loads will not be able to cross with traffic going in opposite directions separated by reflective marker posts and restricted to a single lane.
The shared path will remain open in both directions at most times but may be subject to some restrictions during certain work activities. Users can keep up to date with the works on the bridge’s twitter account @tay_road_bridge.
During the works a maximum speed limit of 30mph will be in place along the length of the bridge to protect bridge users and contractors working on the site.
The speed limit will also reduce delays as lower speeds have been shown to result in less damage to the marker posts, meaning less temporary lane closures to make good the damage.
Contractors Volker Stevin are carrying out the works which it is hoped will be completed within six months.