A68 South of Camptown
6 January 2020
Road Safety Scheme
Update: 23/1/2020 A68 South of Camptown Slope Stabilisation
The slope stabilisation and road improvement works on the A68, south of Camptown, re-started on Monday 6th January 2020. The existing temporary traffic lights and the temporary barrier will therefore remain in place to protect both the workforce and the travelling public.
The scheme has been subject to delays caused by difficulties encountered in the ground conditions. Amey have been liaising closely with the Contractor (BAM Ritchies) around progress to date and have agreed mitigation measures to accelerate progress towards completion.
It has been agreed with the contractor that they mobilise an additional overnight shift, to supplement the current day working, to assist in completing drilling operations. This nightshift started last night (Tuesday 21st January) and going forward will run from Sunday to Friday (6 nights / week). The dayshift will continue working Monday to Saturday (6 days / week).
It is possible that some noise and light disturbance may arise from these works both at the work area and at the site compound. The contractor will make every effort to minimise any disturbance and will endeavour to keep the noisiest of operations near the site compound in the early part of the evening. We apologise for any inconvenience that these works may cause
The day and nightshift work will be completed under the continuing full-time closure of the southbound lane of the A68, however Amey will look to implement full night-time closure of the A68 for particular works elements to try and accelerate the programme to completion. Any such closures will be advertised in advance.
The works are provisionally programmed to be completed by Tuesday 31st March 2020, but this is a provisional date and it is hoped that with the benefit of the additional night shift will improve this.
ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE ON A68 CAMPTOWN CONTINUES FROM 6th JANUARY
Road improvement works on the A68, south of Camptown, will re-start from Monday 6th January until Tuesday 31st March 2020. The existing temporary traffic lights and the temporary barrier will remain in place over the Christmas break to protect the travelling public.
This scheme, with a value of £560,000, will benefit over 3,000 vehicles using this section of the A68 each day, by improving the condition of the carriageway, and reducing the need for more extensive maintenance in the future.
Unfortunately, this scheme has been subject to delays caused by difficulties encountered in the ground conditions. Amey have been liaising closely with the Contractor around progress to date and have agreed an action plan and mitigation measures toward completion.
Much of this work will be completed under the full-time closure of the southbound lane of the A68, however Amey will look to implement full night-time closures for particular works elements to try and accelerate the programme to completion. Any such closures will be advertised in advance.
Amey and the Contractor have raised concerns over vehicle speeds through the closure during the works. Working with the Contractor, Amey have made adjustments to the temporary traffic management to encourage drivers to reduce their speeds through the works. The effectiveness of these measures will be monitored as the works continue and further measures may be employed to ensure the safety of both the travelling public and the Contractor’s operatives.
During any full closure diversion routes will be in place as follows; northbound traffic will be diverted at Carter Bar via A6088 & A698 before returning to the A68 at Ancrum. Southbound traffic will follow the same diversion in the opposite direction.
This scheme has been planned in consultation with Transport Scotland, Traffic Scotland, the emergency services, bus operating companies, Scottish Passenger Transport, Jed Valley Community Council and Scottish Borders Council.
What are the timings of this work?
The works will re-start from Monday 6th January until Tuesday 31st March 2020.
Why are you undertaking this scheme?
The proposed works are to address a slope stability issue which is leading to accelerated deterioration of the A68 carriageway at this locus.
Where exactly is this work taking place?
The site location is approximately 0.9 km south of Camptown, where the A68 passes through Trotter Wood. The works are focused on the embankment on the eastern side of the road.
What improvements will result from this work?
This scheme includes the construction of a piled retaining wall in the southbound verge, renewal and upgrade of the existing barrier and resurfacing of the carriageway.
These improvements will bring the benefits of safety improvements, greater efficiency as well as reducing future maintenance costs. Undertaking these works ensures the A68 remains operable, keeping communities connected via this vital transport link for the foreseeable future.
What consultation has taken place in relation to this work?
Consultation for scheme has been with various stakeholders to ensure all parties are fully aware.
The emergency services, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service and Scottish Ambulance Service, have been advised of these works in advance as has the local authority, Scottish Borders Council. Public transport operators for the area (Peter Hogg Buses, Borders Buses & SPT) have been informed.
Amey attended a meeting of the Jed Valley Community Council, during development of the scheme, to inform on proposals and understand the local view. The Jedburgh Community Council was also been informed of the works at the same time. Immediately in advance of the works starting, a letter drop was undertaken in the Camptown area to fully inform local residents and there is an ongoing dialogue with the local landowner.
Recently Amey facilitated a visit to the site by local councillors to witness the works ongoing. This will be repeated next year to see progress on the scheme.
Further consultation with the external stakeholders will be commenced in the New Year as the works progress.
How will the winter weather impact on this scheme?
Extreme winter weather (snow/ice) does have the potential to delay the works, particularly in relation to concreting and resurfacing works elements. Otherwise we would hope that the sheltered site location, with the woodland, would allow works progress generally uninterrupted.
Is the work taking place 24/7?
The contractor works 10 hour day shifts and 6 day weeks. The way they generally work the 6 days is one weekend on and one off (i.e. 12 days working then 2 days off) but this can change based on the demands of the scheme and programme.
The contractor will cease work for the Christmas break on Friday 20th December and work will re-start on Monday 6th January 2019.
Much of the work will be completed under the full-time closure of the southbound lane of the A68, however Amey will look to utilise full night-time closures for particular works elements to try and accelerate the programme and completion. Any such closures will be advertised in advance.
The traffic lights, southbound lane closure and temporary barrier will remain through the Christmas break. The existing barrier has been removed to facilitate the works and thus the closure must remain to protect the travelling public.
Please note, all schemes are weather dependent and may be cancelled or rescheduled if weather conditions are not favourable.
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