Road Closures for Major Regeneration Project
Above - The Baker Street and Drumfrochar Road Site
Two busy roads through Greenock are to be closed to allow demolition work ahead of a major regeneration project. Derelict industrial buildings at the east end of Drumfrochar Road are to be cleared to allow the nearby sharp corner with Baker Street to be removed.
The £3 million scheme will be delivered by Riverside Inverclyde and will also include lower kerbs, landscaping and improving sightlines. Regeneration Vice Convener and Riverside Inverclyde Board Member, Councillor Jim Clocherty said:
“We need to demolish the buildings that are closest to the roadside so that the main road realignment works can go ahead. Bakers Brae is a key route through Greenock but the current poor traffic flows and surrounding vacant derelict buildings have made it difficult to attract investment and encourage economic growth.”
Baker Street from the junction with Scott Street to the junction with Drumfrochar Road, and Drumfrochar Road from the junction with Lynedoch Street to the junction with Baker Street will close at 22.00 on Thursday 21st September. Diversions will be in place. Councillor Clocherty added:
"All being well the demolition should be completed over the weekend and both Baker Street and Drumfrochar Road fully re-opened on the Monday.”
The £3 million road realignment scheme will be delivered by Riverside Inverclyde and will also include lower kerbs, landscaping and improving sightlines. It includes a £300,000 contribution from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT). A £1.8million community enterprise hub for small and medium-sized enterprises, micro businesses and business start-ups is also proposed for Baker Street.
Work on the road realignment scheme is expected to start towards the end of 2017.