A76 to shut this weekend
DRIVERS are being asked to add at least half-an-hour to their journey times this weekend as the A76 shuts for vital repairs.
It is the first phase of work worth £100,000 to repair a culvert which collapsed after the recent flooding near the Crossroads roundabout.
The road, which is the main route between Cumnock and Kilmarnock, will be shut between Crossroads and the Bowhouse Roundabout at HMP Kilmarnock from 7am on Saturday, July 28 until 8pm on Sunday, July 29.
The work will also mean extended journey times for passengers on the X76 Express bus, which will not stop in Hurlford or at the prison while the work is being carried out.
The repairs are needed after a 100-year-old masonry culvert collapsed during the recent bad weather.
The culvert had been extended 8 years ago to include a modern concrete structure, while retaining the original masonry.
This weekends work is only the first stage of the process which will see the culvert completely replaced in September, although Amey who are carrying out the work say that this weekend is the only planned closure.
Colin Mackenzie, operating company representative for Amey said: "Following the exceptional level of rainfall earlier this month, we will now be repairing the collapsed culvert on the A76.
"The works are being carried out at the weekend to minimise any traffic problems and drivers should allow around an extra half an hour to their journey."
Diversions are to be in place which will see drivers heading from Cumnock to Kilmarnock turn left at Crossroads, following the A719 to Sandyford Tollon the A77.
Drivers should then follow the A77 northbound to Bellfield Interchange at Kilmarnock.