Resurfacing work to start on A83 at Rest and Be Thankful

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The A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful is to benefit from an improved road surface as resurfacing improvements are set to get under way next week.

The £75,000 investment by Transport Scotland will see improvements to a section of the route that is currently undergoing landslide mitigation work worth £2.24million, creating a smoother and safer journey for motorists on completion of the landslide works.

The surfacing project is set to begin on Wednesday July 3 and is programmed to take three days to complete. The improvements will take place between 7am and 7pm each day with surfacing works due to be completed by 7pm Friday July 5.

To ensure the safety of road workers and motorists, there will be a 10mph convoy system in place during the works. Outwith working hours, the convoy will be removed, although traffic management will revert back to temporary traffic lights and a 30mph speed limit due to the ongoing landslip mitigation project.

The current phase of the mitigation project at the Rest and Be Thankful is making good progress with work expected to be completed next month. Drainage improvements will also be carried out which will see teams replace a culvert as well as installing a new concrete vehicle safety barrier and installing reinforced concrete along the roadside edge of the new catch pits.

Once this phase is complete at the Rest and Be Thankful, the temporary traffic lights will be removed allowing the A83 to reopen to both lanes, reducing the impact to traffic for the remainder of the summer.

After the summer months, teams will return to build the next phase of the mitigation project, which will involve constructing a fifth catch-pit.

Commenting on the works, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: ‘The surfacing improvements on the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful will help create a safer and smoother journey for motorists. The improvements are essential and will help address any defects in the road surface, before this section of the A83 fully opens.

‘The traffic management arrangements are essential for ensuring the safety of road workers and motorists, however we’ll do all we can to keep disruption to a minimum.

‘The ongoing landslip mitigation installations are progressing well, and we remain on target to have the first phase completed by the end of next month, allowing us to open the A83 in both directions.

‘We thank all road users for their continued patience while we carry out these works. Our teams will do all they can to complete the project as quickly and safely as possible, however we encourage motorists to plan their journeys ahead before setting out by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information.’

Real-time journey planning information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland, or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.