M8 to close as extension beams placed

29 Jul 2009

by Ewan Fergus, The Herald

Europe's largest crane is set to swing its 90ft beam into action to take Glasgow's M74 extension project another step closer to completion.

The first of eight massive beams will be lifted into place over the M8 just south of the Kingston Bridge by the enormous Sarens Gottwald AK680-3 mobile crane.

These will join up with a series of three piers and two abutments already in place to take the M74 sweeping over the M8.

While the work is being carried out, Transport Scotland will have to close sections of the M8. The work will be carried out at night over weekends to minimise disruption.

The M8 Paisley Road off-ramp will be closed for the work until August 7.

Overnight tomorrow, the first two lanes of the M8 eastbound will be closed to allow beams to be placed over it.

Traffic management procedures are expected to be in place from 10pm on Thursday, with the two lanes closed by 11pm. The crane is expected to begin work by midnight and of the lanes will re-open at about 6am.

On Saturday, the outside lane of the M8 eastbound will be closed overnight.

The following weekend, overnight on August 8, the M8 westbound will be completely closed, along with the eastbound fast lane.

The M8 Carnoustie Street, westbound on-ramp and Carnoustie Street itself will remain closed from August 2 to 14 to allow beams to be lifted safely over Carnoustie Street.

Polmadie Road at the junction of New Rutherglen Road will remain closed until August 9 because of the works.

Produced with the permission of the Herald & Times Group.

  • One of the extension beams to be positioned over the M8