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Dumfries hospital: Road upgrade works under way

Hospital overview Image copyright NHS Dumfries and Galloway
Image caption The road works will pave the way for a new £200m hospital to be constructed in the town

A major upgrade is getting under way on the A75 near Dumfries as part of preparatory work for a new £200m hospital for the town.

Although most of the work will be carried out at night, drivers have been warned to expect some disruption.

Construction firm Balfour Beatty won the contract to carry out the upgrade earlier this year.

It saw off three other bidders to carry out the improvements, paving the way for the 350-bed facility.

In order to minimise disruption, the contractor has devised what is described as a "robust system of night-time traffic management".

Dennis O'Keeffe, project director for the new hospital, said the night-time working would reduce delays to local residents, businesses and the travelling public who rely on the A75 at the Garroch roundabout.

However, drivers have been asked to allow extra time for their journeys, and to pay attention to advisory signs.

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