COUNCIL bosses have revealed that good progress was made throughout April on the Lowood Bridge project.

The authority have said that the works are on schedule to be completed in time for the Melrose festival, which starts on Sunday, June 17.

Work will now start on removing the scaffolding and encapsulation around the bridge - this complex task will require the use of large cranes. 

As the scaffolding comes down, the bridge deck will be cleared to allow for drainage, kerbing and surfacing works to start. 

SBC have also said that work on an upgrade of the existing traffic light system will also continue. In addition to the works on the main bridge, some repair work is being undertaken to the masonry wingwalls that lead onto the bridge.

While the bridge works are on-going, the council say the opportunity to undertake additional surfacing work is also being taken. 

On Monday (May 14), works started to resurface the junction area on Waverley Road (into Melrose) where it meets the B6374 road (down to Lowood).

The council say the resurfacing work will take a few days to complete under traffic lights and minor delays may be experienced.

All local businesses remain open and SBC have thanked the public for their continued patience and co-operation during the project.

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