A85 pothole repairs in Connel to start a week early

Potholes are reappearing after the harsh winter.

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The A85 through Connel will close overnight for five nights for £150,000 resurfacing works from Sunday February 4, a week earlier than scheduled.

The works will last for five nights between 7pm and 7am, finishing at 7am on Friday February 9. Road closures will be in place each night during working hours.

During these times, traffic will be stacked at either end of the closure then escorted through the works at approximately hourly intervals or when it is safe to do so.

Signed diversions will also be in place via the A816, A83 and A819, or via the A828, A82 and A85. Some delays to journeys should be expected.

BEAR Scotland said: ‘The project has been brought forward due to a window of availability in our contractor’s programme, allowing teams to address the deteriorating carriageway sooner than originally outlined.

‘The works have been reviewed and revised following the severe impact of adverse winter weather with the freeze and thaw cycle causing the road surface to break up in some sections, deteriorating sooner than anticipated.

‘The project, now set to start on Sunday night for five nights, will allow teams to resurface a 900m section of the road and create a smoother and safer surface. Works will be carried out in two phases, working either side of the A828 junction between 7pm and 7am each night, weather permitting. ‘

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: ‘We’re doing everything we can to carry out repairs quickly on the sections of the network which have deteriorated following the harsh weather.

‘The cold conditions have had a profound impact on the surface of some sections of the road, which is why we have brought forward these resurfacing repairs in our programme at Connel.

‘Overnight road closures are required so teams can safely complete the resurfacing work, however teams will work to carry out the project as quickly and safely as they can.  Some noisy operations may occur on Sunday and Monday nights when the deteriorated road surface is being removed, however we will do all we can to keep any disruption to a minimum.

‘We encourage road users to plan ahead by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date journey information.’

Real-time journey planning information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org or twitter @trafficscotland.