WORK on a multi-million pound pedestrian and bike link will take a major step forward with demolition of a footbridge over the M8 at Sighthill.
The motorway will be closed for 12 hours from 10pm Saturday 1 August to allow construction teams to remove the deteriorating structure.
A crane capable of lifting 1,000-tonnes will be used to remove the bridge in two sections.
The bridge, which connects Baird Street to Sighthill will be replaced with a landmark pedestrian and cycle bridge providing a sustainable transport corridor between central and north Glasgow, due for completion in late 2021.
Further road closures to complete the construction of the new crossing are planned for the summer of 2021.
The project is part of the £250million regeneration of Sighthill.
Councillor Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of the Glasgow City Region Cabinet, said: “This section of the M8 is one of the busiest routes on the city’s road network, so this work has been meticulously planned to keep the impact on traffic to an absolute minimum.
“The demolition is the first step in a fantastic project to deliver a stunning new pedestrian and cycle route over the M8, connecting Sighthill and neighbouring communities to the city centre. We hope that regular travelers on this route will enjoy seeing the improvements emerging as the works are continued.”
The regeneration of Sighthill is a partnership between Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Housing Association, and the Scottish Government, with additional funding from the Glasgow City Region City Deal, which is funded by the Scottish and UK Governments.