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Site preparation works are to begin next week for the A737 Dalry Bypass project in North Ayrshire.

The 380,000 sq m site requires over 12km of timber and wire stockproof fencing to prevent livestock from entering the construction site.

The 14-week scheme also involves vegetation clearing works, including shrubs and hedging.

Archaeological works are continuing on the site to investigate whether any Scottish historical artefacts are located in the area.

Once completed, the A737 Dalry Bypass will improve journey times and encourage economic and employment opportunities for motorists and businesses along the length of the A737. The Bypass will also separate long-distance traffic from local traffic, leading to improved safety for local road users and communities.

A Transport Scotland spokesperson said: “Over the next few weeks, the fencing and vegetation clearance works, along with the archaeological investigations which started in February, will be well underway. For the local community, the fencing works will be most visible sign to date that the Dalry Bypass is on its way. It will cover a large area so these works, in particular, are fairly substantial. These works also act as a clear reminder to the local community that this site is now a construction site and the only way they can ensure their own safety is to stay away from the area. Workers are given daily briefings on what is happening on the site each day and what areas of the site are potentially hazardous. Without this knowledge, the site can be dangerous.”

Source – Build Scotland

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