A85 in Lochawe to close at night for resurfacing

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Work to resurface the A85 through Lochawe has started.

The improvements, costing £280,000, will be split into two phases.

Phase one began on Monday October 1 and is expected to take five days to complete. This phase will be carried out between 7am and 7pm each day.

The road will remain open, but temporary traffic lights and a traffic convoy will be in place to ensure the safety of road workers and motorists.

The second phase of resurfacing starts on Sunday October 14 and is expected to take five nights, finishing on the morning of Friday October 19.

The work will be carried out between 7pm and 7am each night.

There will be a diversion route in place via the A828 and A82. However, this diversion is subject to a height restriction of 13’9” (4.2m) at Connel Bridge and vehicles higher than this are encouraged to plan an alternative route during the overnight works.

Alternatively, all vehicles will be held at the work site until short amnesty periods at approximately 8.30pm, 10pm, midnight, 2am and 4am.

Eddie Ross, from BEAR Scotland, said: ‘Traffic management arrangements are necessary to keep everyone safe during the improvements. However, we’ve arranged for the project to be split into two phases so we can keep the road open wherever possible.

‘Our teams will do all they can to complete the project as quickly and safely as possible.

‘We thank motorists for their patience in advance and would also encourage them to plan ahead by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information.’

These road improvements are part of a wider £24 million programme of surfacing improvements across more than 200 locations on the north west trunk road network for 2018.