Matheson takes centenarian for a spin as £31m bypass opens

A £31m bypass in South West Scotland has opened to traffic seven months ahead of schedule. Transport Scotland said the new A737 Dalry Bypass ‘was expected to be completed this winter’.

The project, which had a construction cost of £31.2m has delivered a 3.8km bypass to the east of the Dalry together with associated junctions.

Brian Snow, Project Manager, Farrans Roadbridge Joint Venture added: ‘It is just under two years since our sod turning ceremony to commence construction on the A737 Dalry Bypass.

‘Together with our client we have worked collaboratively to successfully deliver the opening of the Dalry bypass seven months ahead of schedule.'

The Scottish Government’s infrastructure secretary, Michael Matheson (pictured), cut a ribbon to open the bypass, after which the oldest and some of the youngest members of the community – including centenarian and lifelong resident of Dalry, Mary McInnes (also pictured), and schoolchildren from Dalry Primary and St. Palladius Primary School - were the first road users to try out the new road.

Mr Matheson said: ‘The opening of the road will deliver long-term benefits including better journey time reliability for road users and public transport as well as encouraging improved economic and employment opportunities.

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