PROGRESS has been made on the work Scottish Borders Council is undertaking to construct a new Roundabout at Easter Langlee

The initial task of site clearance was completed quickly and 3,500 tonnes of soil was excavated and moved off site.

Much of the surplus material was taken to Lowood to be used as fill in the new road construction.

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This has reduced costs on both projects and allowed the council to reuse the material rather than taking it to a tip.

The work has since moved onto complex public utility diversions including gas, BT, water and electricity that need to be completed before the next phase of the roundabout construction can be progressed.

The gas main has been relocated to the rear of the proposed new footway on the south side of the road outwith the main construction area.

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The new gas main has to cross the main B6374 Melrose Road to connect back into the existing gas main and traffic management has been altered to accommodate this.

Over the next few weeks work on the construction of a new foul sewer will continue alongside other utility diversion work.

Three way traffic lights have been in operation since September 18 and are expected to be in place until mid March 2024.

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The team on the site have been monitoring their performance and other than on one occasion when the lights got stuck on red traffic appears to be flowing well with queue lengths as expected.

The bus stop on the Galashiels side of the work have been temporarily relocated due to the proximity of the traffic lights.