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A68 Road Repairs


Update from the JedValley Community Council

Following a recent meeting to progress the repairs of the A68 at Lintalee, (adjacent the Spinney), at which Transport Scotland,their contractor Messrs Amey, representatives from the SBC, JedValley & Jedburgh Community Councils were present Messrs Amey released details of the permanent solution to the subsidence problem. The work is to be split into three phases although they may appear to be a seamless continuous operation.

The first phase will be to stabilise the ground using a series of ground anchors and soil rails. The second phase will be to insert a grout under the road to fill any voids present. The third phase will be to resurface the carriageway in the vicinity of the works.

Subject to any unforeseen obstacles phase 1 will be carried out without a road closure but a “single carriageway convoy system” will be operated in the interests of safety to both road users and the contractor’s operatives. The speed limit is expected to be 10 mph and will be operational for approximately 8 to 10 hours per day during the anticipated programme time of 6 weeks for phase1. During phase 2 the present traffic signal system will be used. It is not expected that a convoy system will be necessary. Single carriageway traffic light control will be maintained outside the working hours.

Phase 3 will require a full road closure of the A68 over possibly two weekends whilst resurfacing of the carriageways and repairs/reinstatement of ancillary works are carried out. During this period there will be a diversion in operation from Carter Bar via the A6088 and A 6357 during the closure for both north and south bound traffic but access will be maintained for local traffic only along the A68 south of Lintalee.

The works are expected to commence during the third week of February for phase 1 but phase 3 is likely to commence after Easter. Final dates will be circulated as soon as they are known.

Scottish Borders Council may be able to commence the repairs to the “Black Burn” bridge in early January 2015 prior to work commencing at Lintalee hopefully followed by repairs to the “Howden Burn” bridge .

The JVCC has requested that the access to Langlee be suitably marked and kept clear of queuing traffic during the works.

Messrs Amey will undertake consultations with all stakeholders , including the Emergency Services and local Education Department prior to implementing a full road closure. Amey Communications will liaise with Traffic Scotland and SBC communications to ensure that their respective accounts are kept updated with developments.

Please tune into the National/Local media for updated information.



Essential maintenance to repair the road surface at A68 Lintalee will take place from Friday 21st August to Sunday 23rd August.

The work will require a full carriageway closure with a clearly signed diversion in place. The road will be closed from 10pm on Friday 21st August and will remain closed until work is completed on Sunday 23rd August. The road will be reopened early on the morning of Monday 24th August and all traffic management will be removed.

Traffic travelling south will be diverted at the Bonjedward Junction of the A68 and A698 and will travel south on the A698 to the junction with the A6088. Vehicles will then follow the A6088 to the junction with the A68 and re-join the trunk road at this point. Northbound traffic will follow the same diversion in the opposite direction. The section of the A68 south of the closure at Lintalee will be maintained open for residential access.

This maintenance scheme has been planned in consultation with Police Scotland and Scottish Borders Council.

This resurfacing will complete a scheme with a total value of approximately £340,000 to stabilise the carriageway and retaining wall at Lintalee and will ensure that this busy section of Scotland’s trunk road network continues to operate safely and reliably for years to come.

Real-time journey information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org

To report a problem on the network please visit: http://scottishtrunkroadsse.amey.co.uk/report-a-problem/


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