WEST FIFE motorists are being advised to expect being diverted on one of the area's major routes next month due to roadworks.

The A985, either side of Crombie, is to be closed overnight on Wednesday November 4 to allow Transport Scotland's operating company, BEAR Scotland, to resurface 0.45 kilometres of carriageway.

During the work, the road will be closed from 7.30pm to 6.30am to keep road workers and motorists safe, with a signed diversion route put in place.

Eastbound traffic, travelling from Kincardine, will be directed from the Cairneyhill roundabout via the A994 to Dunfermline, joining the A907 in the town.

Drivers will then continue on to the A823 at St Margarets Drive to Pitreavie roundabout, then to the B980 through Rosyth, before rejoining the A985 at the Kings Road roundabout.

The diversion, for which motorists heading westbound will use the reverse, will add, according to BEAR Scotland, an estimated 10 minutes and 1.6 miles to affected journeys, while access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

Strict physical distancing protocols, in line with Scottish Government guidance, are in place to protect teams and ensure they remain safe on site.

Consultation has been carried out with emergency services and relevant stakeholders to make them aware of the plans and share information about the project in advance.

Tommy Deans, BEAR Scotland’s south east network manager, said: “These surfacing improvements will help to address the defects on this section of the A985.

“We thank motorists and the local community in advance for their patience while we carry out this project. We’ll do all we can to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible.”

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