DRIVERS using the Galafoot Bridge will face 10 weeks of disruption from next month.

Essential maintenance work is being carried out on the A6091, beginning at 8pm on Sunday, August 5.

The work will include the replacement of the road and footpath surfacing; the waterproofing of the bridge deck; deck repairs and a repair of the expansion joints – subject to investigations.

The scheme will require a full closure of the eastbound carriageway of the bridge – travelling from Galashiels to Tweedbank – with a signed diversion route in operation. Westbound traffic will continue to use the bridge as normal.

Eastbound traffic will be diverted via the A7 to B6360 Abbotsford Road towards Tweedbank Roundabout.

At Kingsknowe Roundabout traffic will join the eastbound A7 to Tweed Road and proceed to Melrose Road; and then to the B6374 to re-join the eastbound A6091 at Tweedbank Drive.

Emergency vehicles will use this same diversion route.

The B6360 will operate as a one-way road from A7 Junction 7 to Abbotsford.

The Abbotsford Road is only open to buses and coaches from Tweedbank Roundabout to the Abbotsford visitor centre car park.

However, a separate diversion will operate for HGVs and other high-sided vehicles via the A7, A699 and A68.

Night time closures will be required at the start, middle and end of the scheme to allow for the installation and removal of the traffic management system.

During these night closures a signed diversion route will be in operation. Eastbound traffic will be diverted via the A7, A699 and A68.

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