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Essential maintenance on two swing bridges on the Caledonian Canal got under way this week.
The £260,000 project will see work take place on the A830 Banavie Swing Bridge near Corpach, before moving to the A82 Laggan Swing Bridge.
The project involves painting components on the end girders at both bridges, with deck waterproofing and surfacing work also taking place at Laggan Bridge. The work will ensure both bridges continue to operate safely for years to come.
The project at the A830 Banavie Swing Bridge is scheduled to take place from Monday September 14 to Friday September 18 between 11.15pm and 5am.
Overnight road closures will be in place during working hours as the bridge will be swung ‘open’ to allow engineers safe access to the ends of the structure, resulting in a full closure of the A830 at this location.
As there is no suitable diversion route, vehicles will be allowed to park in signed designated areas until the swing bridge re-opens at 5am.
There will be no amnesty periods during this phase of the project. There will be a signed diversion route for pedestrians and cyclists over the canal locks. The A830 will be fully open outwith working hours.
Work on the A82 Laggan Swing Bridge will take place from Monday September 21 to Friday September 25 between 10pm and 6am.
Two-hour closures will be in place on the A82 while the bridge is swung ‘open’ for work to be carried out.
Waiting traffic will be held until the bridge is swung back into position approximately every two hours. Alternatively, a signed diversion route is available via the A82, A9 and A86.
The second phase of work at Laggan Swing Bridge – Monday September 28 to Friday October 3 from 7pm to 7am – will involve waterproofing and surfacing.
The A82 will remain open during the second phase of work, however, temporary traffic lights will be in place for safety overnight to protect roadworkers and motorists.
The project will be rescheduled if adverse weather is forecast.
Consultation has been carried out with emergency services, The Highland Council, businesses, transport operators, residents and other relevant stakeholders to make them aware of the work.
Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: ‘This project will allow us to carry out essential maintenance on Banavie and Laggan swing bridges across the Caledonian Canal, ensuring they continue to function safely for road users and canal traffic.
‘The road closures are essential to allow for painting, waterproofing and surfacing. We’ve arranged for the project to take place overnight and avoid working on Saturday and Sunday nights to minimise disruption as much as possible.’