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All geared up as the Tour De France begins

It's the biggest free outdoor sporting event ever to be staged in the area. Credit: PA

Hundreds of cycling enthusiasts from our region are heading to Yorkshire today for the start of the long-awaited Tour de France.

It's the biggest free outdoor sporting event ever to be staged in the area.

The Grand Depart will start in Leeds, passing through the Dales to Harrogate, before travelling to Sheffield. Motorists travelling south from Cumbria should expect delays because of road closures.

Carlows Bridge to be refurbished

A temporary bridge will enable access whilst Carlows Bridge is refurbished.

Preparation for the work will begin the 7th July but the temporary bridge will be installed on the 4th and 5th August. On this temporary bridge will be a weight limit of 26 tonnes and a speed limit of 20mph.

The work to Carlows Bridge is hoped to be completed by mid- November and the temporary bridge to be removed by mid-December.

The Council’s Executive Committee last week approved additional funding of £157,000 for extra scaffolding and identified masonry repairs required to Carlows Bridge.

'By allocating additional money we will ensure work to repair this Category 'B' Listed bridge will be carried out this year, and once completed will help to maintain the bridge’s structural integrity for future years.

The people of Tweedsmuir have spoken very passionately about the bridge's future and we will ensure we continue to discuss issues surrounding its repair and, in particular, the reasons for allocating extra funding for the work. We are planning to meet with some members of the community as soon as possible.'

– Councillor Gordon Edgar, Scottish Borders Council's Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure

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A75 to close for road repair

The A75 will be closed from 20th - 23rd June Credit: PA

Resurfacing of the A75, with improvements to the Castle Douglas Bypass, will continue and the road will be closed. Traffic will be diverted through the village from 7pm on Friday 20th June - 6am, 23rd June.

The method to repair the roads is called 'Crack and Seat' and has longer-term benefits to people in the region, says Scotland TranServ, working on behalf Transport Scotland.

The process involves removing the surface layer of the road and introducing hairline fractures into the base layer in order to allow for expansion and contraction during extreme weather conditions, which is why it's said to last longer.

The process has already been used on the Dumfries Bypass and the Annan Bypass and has been reported to have made significant savings in the volume of waste material sent to landfill compared with traditional road construction methods.

Galashiels roads diverted for new bridge

Road restrictions are predicted in Galashiels as a new bridge is built at Plumtreehall Brae. Credit: PA

Road restrictions are predicted in Galashiels as a new bridge is built at Plumtreehall Brae.

It is part of the Borders Railway project that will take place 30th May to 2nd June. It is expected that King Street will be closed during this time so that a 500 tonne crane can lift the 30 tonne bridge into place.

Once the bridge is in place, it is said that work will continue without disrupting traffic.

Motorists will be diverted via Windyknowes Road and Hall Street, while pedestrian and local access will be maintained

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Three vehicle crash on A595

Police are dealing with a three vehicle traffic collision at Thursby Roundabout.

The road at the roundabout where it joins the A595 towards Wigton is shut.

Motorists are being asked to avoid the area.

Please visit the Traffic Link map here to keep up to date with the latest situation on the roads.

It is not believed that anyone has been seriously injured.

145miles of Borders road in need of 'immediate repair'

Almost 145 miles of road in the Scottish Borders is in need of 'immediate repair'.

A recent road maintenance conditions survey found that eight per cent of road surfaces are degraded and potholed and that to fix them would cost the Scottish Borders Council over £23million.

Currently the council are spending £2million to complete 47 resurfacing projects, each with an average cost of £43,000.

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