Some drivers may have been slightly alarmed to see a huge model of comedian Jimmy Carr being transported up the A75 today.
The massive face was being moved from Preston to Dundrennan, in Dumfriesshire, in preparation for the annual Wickerman Festival on 26th and 27th July.
A multi-million pounds scheme to upgrade part of the A75 where a baby died has begun.
The road improvements are along a two and a quarter mile stretch between the Hardgrove crossroads and Carrutherstown.
The road is the main route to the port at Stranraer and is used by thousands of cars and lorries every day.
Matthew Taylor reports:
Staff have begun preparatory work beside the A75 at Carrutherstown, in Dumfries and Galloway, which will see a section of the road upgraded.
Work has begun on upgrading a dangerous stretch of road on the A75 between Dumfries and Annan.
Campaigners have been calling for road improvements for years, following a number of fatal accidents.
In one of those accidents a three-week-old baby boy was killed.
The A75 Old Military Road is closed in both directions at Dunragit village due to an accident.
Scotland's Transport Minister, Keith Brown, said that work on the road improvement projects should start in the spring and be completed by 2014.
Below is an outline of the proposed work:
A75 Dunragit Bypass
- The Dunragit Bypass will improve journey times, operational performance and level of service on the A75, which forms part of the Euro-route for between Europe, Scotland and UK via the ferry terminal Cairnryan.
- The safety needs of cyclist and pedestrians will be improved with a shared pedestrian/cycleway.
- HGV traffic will be removed from the village which has a 40mph speed limit.
- The A75 Hardgrove to Kinmount scheme will deliver a new 3.6km stretch providing overtaking facilities in both directions.
- Improving the performance and safety on the stretch of road, increase the number of overtaking opportunities and cater better for the needs of cyclists and pedestrians.
Scotland's Transport Minister Keith Brown is due to announce the contractors selected to take forward three major road schemes in the South West of Scotland.
Over £36 million is being invested in upgrading two stretches of the A75, at Hardgrove and at Dunragit, and on a scheme to improve the A77.
There have been repeated calls for improvements on the road between Hardgrove and Kinmount section, following a series of accidents, including one which claimed a baby's life.
A local newspaper campaign gathered more than 4,000 signatures on a petition seeking an upgrade.
Mr Brown described the A75 as a lifeline for south-west Scotland, highlighting its importance as a main route to the ferry terminal at Cairnryan.
The road between the B724 and the A75 at Collin is closed in both directions due to flooding.
Traffic has returned to normal and the road has been cleared after the accident on the A75 Eastbound between A780 (Dumfries) and B724 (Collin).