Today was a fantastic moment for the Farrans Roadbridge Joint Venture site, Transport Scotland and the surrounding communities when the new Dalry Bypass was officially opened by Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson this morning.
After cutting the ribbon to open the new road, the first traffic to travel down it was a car with long term Dalry resident Mary McInnes, who in April celebrated her 100th birthday. This was closely followed by a mini-bus containing children and teachers from the local schools, Dalry Primary School, and St Palladius Primary School.
With the traffic now travelling along the new bypass, Farrans Roadbridge will be able to construct the new link road between the new roundabout at Highfield and the existing A737 and complete the finishing and landscaping works.
Opening the road to traffic this morning, Cabinet Secretary, Mr Matheson said:
“It has been just under two years since the first spade was put in the ground to mark the start of work and I welcome the opening of the road ahead of schedule today.
“The new bypass has already delivered a number of benefits during construction with 32 of the 36 sub-contracts awarded to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) – as well as providing employment for 130 people at the peak of construction. The opening of the road will deliver long term benefits including better journey time reliability for road users and public transport as well as encouraging improved economic and employment opportunities.
“The Dalry community will also enjoy improved air quality and road safety, making the town centre a more pleasant place to live and work.
“I’m delighted this new road through North Ayrshire is now open and I would like to pass on my gratitude to the contractor for their timely work in constructing the new road. As we’ve seen today, it will serve every member of the community – from the youngest to the oldest – with a road fit for the 21st century.”
Farrans Roadbridge Joint Venture, Project Manager Brian Snow said:
It is just under 2 years since our sod turning ceremony to commence construction on the A737 Dalry Bypass. Farrans Roadbridge are delighted to deliver this significant project to the North Ayrshire area on behalf of Transport Scotland. Together with our client we have worked collaboratively to successfully deliver the opening of the Dalry bypass 7 months ahead of schedule. The new bypass will reduce congestion in Dalry whilst improving safety to road users.
The Transport Scotland project has delivered a new 3.8km bypass to the east of Dalry together with associated junctions.