THE major project to improve the road layout at Chapel Level in Kirkcaldy is making good progress says Fife Council.
The £3.5m redesign, which is expected to take up to 12 months, has been planned to provide better access to the many new developments in the north of the town, such as the John Smith Business Park, Muttonhall and the new wing at Victoria Hospital.
The first eight weeks has seen contractors RJ McLeod remove fill material from a vacant lot at John Smith Business Park.
This is being reused to form a new embankment at Hendry Road, saving the Council £400,000.
Drilling and grouting work has also been going on at Tiree Place where there are old mine workings under the new road.
Work to improve Wester Bogie roundabout was planned to start yesterday (Wednesday).
This will involve widening the carriageway, adding new road markings and closing the old access road into John Smith Business Park.
The project has been designed to minimise disruption to drivers by building as much as possible ‘off road’ before beginning improvements to the existing carriageway.
Fife Council’s new Executive spokesman for transport and environment, Cllr Pat Callaghan, was on site to see the road improvements for himself.
He said: “Whether you live in north Kirkcaldy or are a visitor to the hospital or retail park, this road redesign project will provide you with a safer, quicker and easier route to access your home or services.
“It’ll be particularly beneficial to pedestrians and cyclists.
“The £3.5 million being invested in Chapel Level is in addition to the £25 million that Fife Council has already invested in Kirkcaldy’s infrastructure over the last three years to improve the town’s High Street, sea wall and green corridor.”
The works to improve Chapel Level are being jointly funded by Fife Council and NHS Fife.
>> You can view a map of the new road design and find out more at www.fifedirect.org.uk/chapellevel.