A roads authority has issued a warning to vandals after the installation of temporary four-way traffic signals on the St Madoes flyover.
BEAR Scotland issued the plea for people to avoid moving signs or cones following tampering with traffic management safety measures on the A90 overbridge at the weekend.
The new signals, installed on Tuesday, has allowed traffic to travel in both directions over the single usable lane helping to minimise disruption for residents and businesses travelling from Glencarse to St Madoes.
The flyover had been shut to vehicles due to significant structural damage since two major beams were struck by a vehicle transporting an excavator on October 31.
Andy Thompson, BEAR Scotland’s north east representative, has warned against tampering with road safety equipment following the lights successful installation.
He said: “Over the weekend we were made aware of vandalism to some of the traffic management safety measures on the bridge, and we urge all road users to avoid moving the signs or cones that are in place for safety.
“We have completed all assessments and have found a safe solution which allows us to install a temporary four-way traffic light system at the structure, allowing the overbridge to reopen to both directions under one lane.
“This will help to reduce disruption to residents and businesses of Glencarse and St Madoes and avoid any diversions.
“We fully understand the frustration around the overbridge restrictions, however trunk road safety remains paramount.
“There is no quick solution to repair the structure due the substantial damage to the beams beneath, however we hope the installation of the signals will help minimise the impact of the vehicle strike on road users.
“We thank all residents, businesses and motorists for their patience while we do everything possible to safely re-open the bridge as quickly as possible.”
The structure had one lane re-opened and a temporary safety barrier installed last Friday following outcry from locals over lengthy diversions and rising travel costs.
The closure has resulted in traffic being diverted an additional 5.6 miles via Glendoick or 3.8 miles via Kinfauns to cross the A90, although cyclists and pedestrians have been able to use the bridge from St Madoes to Glencarse.
Carse of Gowrie ward councillor Alasdair Bailey, who had started an online petition, which has now attracted over 750 signatures to try and speed up the repairs, was pleased with the new traffic measures.
He said: “It’s fantastic to see the lights going in at the St Madoes bridge.
“The 750 people who signed my petition calling on the Scottish Government to increase the priority of these works will no doubt also be pleased that they’re being listened to.
“It’s great that the bridge is now open two ways but I’ll be continuing to press for the full fix to be done quickly so that the traffic lights can be removed and things get back to normal.”
John Swinney MSP had also called for a solution to be found.
He said: “It was clear from speaking to local residents and businesses that this situation was not sustainable and that action was needed to ensure the crossing was re-opened as quickly as possible, subject to the necessary safety checks being completed.
“I emphasised the concerns of locals to Transport Scotland and have ensured that I was regularly updated on the progress of the crossing’s repairs.”