New traffic monitoring system for M74 roadworks

A new interactive electronic queue monitoring system is to be used to help improve safety at the site of planned roadworks on the M74.

Contractor Amey will use the hi-tech system while it undertakes repair and upgrade work on a stretch of the motorway close to Hamilton.

The technology will monitor traffic volumes in the roadworks and then update a variable message sign situated around half a mile before the contraflow begins.

It is hoped that being informed about queues will make drivers pay more attention to traffic conditions, which should minimise the number of collisions.

Information from the traffic monitoring system will also be used in updates provided to drivers via radio and twitter.

Transport Scotland hopes this will help to persuade motorists to find other routes for the two-week duration of the works, which are due to commence in mid-November.

The work is part of the M74 upgrade programme, rather than the M74 completion project which is also being undertaken at present.

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