Connel Bridge access platform will cause delays on A85

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Road users are being urged to plan ahead after Bear Scotland announced that maintenance work on the underside of the A828 Connel Bridge will affect traffic on the A85 for the next three months.

A temporary access platform will be installed to the underside of  the bridge, five miles north east of Oban, starting next Wednesday, November 27.

The platform will allow BEAR Scotland engineers to safely carry out essential inspections and maintenance works on behalf of Transport Scotland.

For the safety of the public and the workforce, the eastbound lane of the A85, underneath the bridge, will be closed intermittently under traffic light control. It is anticipated that traffic lights will be used for three days a week as required. From here, platform components will be unloaded and will begin to be installed from the south end of the bridge, moving north. The traffic lights will remain in operation as required until the project is complete.

BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative, Eddie Ross said: ‘Our teams will do all they can to minimise disruption as much as possible during this project, and we’ll look to complete the installation as quickly and safely as we can.

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

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