M80 Upgrade Nears Completion
Friday, 26 August 2011
The new M80 Stepps to Haggs dual carriageway is now open to the public after just under three years of construction. The final commissioning of the scheme is due for September / October 2011.
The £320m Transport Scotland project, a joint venture between Bilfinger Berger, Graham Construction and Farrans Construction (HMC) connects an 18km stretch between Stirling and Glasgow which is one of the busiest road corridors in Scotland. The Scottish Government expects the new M80 link to reduce peak journey times by up to 40 per cent between Stepps and Haggs.
Grontmij is the lead designer to the Highway Management Contractors (HMC). The scheme involved 10km of online widening and 8km of offline new motorway.
It now completes the strategic road network between the M73, the M80 and M876. This includes the Mollinsburn Interchange upgrade with the M73, which was a well-known bottleneck for commuter traffic into Glasgow.
The project is part of a massive infrastructure investment in Scotland's transport network which includes the Forth Replacement Crossing, M74 Completion project, a new rail link between Airdrie and Bathgate, major improvements to the railway between Edinburgh and Glasgow and further improvements to the central Scotland motorway network.
?Iain Scott, director of transportation, Grontmij said: "Congestion has been a major issue for the communities living in these areas so the opening of this new dual carriageway cannot have come soon enough for them.
"There have been a number of challenges to overcome during the project with poor existing road alignment and difficult ground conditions but the strength of expertise in our team has enabled us to meet the brief, deliver the project on time and I look forward to seeing the project fully completed."
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