Balfour Beatty has completed the upgrade of the Garroch roundabout on the A75 in Dumfries seven weeks ahead of schedule.
The works are a key milestone on the programme to enable construction of the new £230 million Dumfries and Galloway district general hospital to start at the Garroch site.
Balfour Beatty was responsible for the £1.2m project to reconfigure the roundabout which is required to ensure traffic in and out of the new 350-bed hospital complex is effectively managed, while keeping traffic moving along this key route. The works included increasing the size of the existing four-leg roundabout, relocating one leg of the roundabout to accommodate access to the new hospital and the existing side road, realigning the remaining approach roads and other works associated with a trunk road scheme.
Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “Good access for local communities to the new hospital facilities in Dumfries and Galloway will be an essential part of the new health complex. It is important that traffic visiting the new Infirmary, where construction starts next year, is managed well and the upgraded roundabout at Garroch will ensure better managed traffic in and out of the new infirmary.”
Hector MacAulay, Balfour Beatty delivery unit managing director, said: “The focus of Transport Scotland, NHS Dumfries and Galloway and our project team was always to undertake the reconfiguration of the Garroch roundabout, which is on the strategic trunk route through the region, with minimal disruption. By working together, carrying out as much work as possible offline during the day and works within the traffic management at night, we were able to successfully complete the upgrade almost two months early.”