End nears for £3.6m Chapel Level scheme

New Chapel Level road layout, Kirkcaldy
New Chapel Level road layout, Kirkcaldy

DRIVERS are being promised faster journeys as a major Kirkcaldy road improvement project finally reaches the end of the road.

Engineers had to overcome major obstacles during the course of the project at the town’s Chapel Level, but it is now claimed to be “substantially complete.”

And hi-tech traffic lights have been installed in a bid to improve traffic flow.

But motorists and other road users - who have been thanked for their patience during the course of the project - have been asked to continue to do so while ‘snagging’ is done to ensure the new system is working properly.

The £3.6million, year long contract has involved constructing a new roundabout in place of two traffic-signalled junctions, which previously managed traffic at the busy site.

It has also seen the re-alignment of Hendry Road and the dualling of the single carriageway which is to the west of the latter route.

Derek Crowe, senior manager for roads and engineering, said: “These significant changes have now all been completed.

The contractor, RJ McLeod, will now commission the installation of sophisticated new traffic lights and pedestrian crossings.

“The new signals will analyse actual traffic flow and adjust their timings accordingly.

“During the initial period the traffic lights will be operated manually, if required, during peak times to minimise any delays.

Mr Crowe added: “This has been a challenging project to deliver. Chapel Level is a busy section of road, which remained open throughout the construction works.

“Part of the new section of road also lies above some old coal mining seams which we had to in-fill with over 3,000 tonnes worth of specialist materials.

“Despite these challenges, this project has been completed both on time and on budget - a great success.”

“I would like to thank local residents and road users for their patience particularly during the latter stages when it had the greatest impact on the travelling public.

“The new layout and signals will greatly improve traffic flow in this part of town and will provide a much better connection between the A92 and Victoria Hospital.”

The remaining remedial activities required to complete the project will be carried out within the next few weeks, and during this time the local authority and the contractor have said that they will do everything possible to minimise inconvenience to road users.