£1m road safety scheme on A85 gets under way

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The second phase of a £1 million road safety project on the A85 has started.

Works between Lix Toll Garage and east of Benmore, Crianlarich, involves installing more than 1,400m of safety barrier to improve road safety.

Over 5,000 tonnes of rock armour is being installed at two locations – the shores of Loch Lubhair and the steep embankment near Lix Toll Garage.

The aim is to protect the road and widen the verges to ensure the carriageway remains fully supported and protected from erosion, said BEAR Scotland.

The work is the second phase of road safety improvements in the area after the first phase was completed earlier this year. The improvements are scheduled to take place over eight weeks.

To ensure the safety of roadworkers and motorists, temporary traffic lights and 30mph speed limit will be in place at all times throughout, said BEAR Scotland.

Traffic signals will remain in place as road users will be passing open excavations next to the roadside, it said.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s north west representative said: ‘Road safety is a top priority at BEAR Scotland and Transport Scotland, and this scheme on the A85 is a continuation of our ongoing programme of work to improve motorist safety on the route.

‘The new safety barriers will help ensure motorists are protected on the route, and the rock armour installations will help to stabilise and secure sections of the A85 to ensure they remain protected and safe for years to come. ‘