A83 at Rest And Be Thankful reopens

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The A83 Rest and Be Thankful has reopened after multiple landslides meant the road was closed for safety last week.

Around 3,000 tonnes of debris reached the specially designed landslip mitigation measures above the A83, preventing most from reaching the roadside.

Teams have worked continuously to carry out repairs to the debris fencing following the landslips, to clear material from the roadside and debris fences as well as installing additional drainage measures along the roadside to help improve resilience.

A full safety assessment along with a final check with Police Scotland has meant the road was safely reopened around 11.20am.

Temporary traffic lights will remain in place for safety on the A83 while teams work to continue with remaining landslip mitigation works at the Rest and Be Thankful.

A 24-hour recovery vehicle and additional patrols will be on hand for the next few days to assist any road users as required and help keep traffic moving during the reopening of the A83.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative, said: ‘Following a full safety assessment this morning along with representatives from Police Scotland, we were pleased to reopen the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful following the multiple landslides last week.

‘Teams from multiple organisations have worked tirelessly in what has been challenging conditions to do all they can to secure the slope above the road, repair the fences and keep the Old Military Road and other routes into Argyll open.

‘Temporary traffic lights will remain in place on the A83 as teams continue work to carry out the remaining mitigation measures at the Rest and Be Thankful.  We’ll also have a recovery vehicle and patrols in the area to help ensure the reopening of the road goes smoothly and keep traffic moving in Argyll.

‘We thank the local community and road users for their patience while our teams worked to reopen the road and encourage them to drive safely through the Rest and Be Thankful while teams complete the remaining repairs at the site.’