A83 reopens under traffic light control following safety inspection

The A83 at the Rest has reopened, but may be closed at short notice due to weather.

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The A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful reopened to road users under traffic light control at around 7.45am following a safety inspection.

The route was closed on Sunday night as a precautionary measure, with the Old Military Road local diversion put into operation at 5pm given the heavily saturated hillside above the A83 and the forecast rain overnight.

Geotechnical specialists assessed the hillside and steep channels above the carriageway at first light for safety before the A83 reopened.

The A83 and the hillside above at the Rest and Be Thankful is being kept under careful observation given the recent heavy rainfall experienced and with further weather events now forecast this week.  As part of BEAR’s safety first approach, the Old Military Road local diversion route is being retained in a state of readiness should it be required.

Where a diversion from the A83 becomes necessary, all road users will be switched to the Old Military Road with vehicles convoyed along the local diversion, which runs parallel to the A83 through Glen Croe.

Engineers are continuing to install mitigation measures on the hillside above the A83.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “The A83 reopened under traffic light control at around 7.45am this morning following a safety inspection by our geotechnical teams on site.

“We’re putting road user safety first and the route will be kept under careful review with teams continuing to monitor the weather conditions in the area as well as the hillside above the road.  Given the level of rainfall experienced over the past week, we have retained the OMR local diversion in a state of readiness.

“It is particularly difficult for us to monitor the hillside and any sudden changes in conditions during the hours of darkness, and given the further rain forecast, we continue to put the safety of motorists first by having the OMR local diversion available for implementation at any time that a diversion might become necessary.

 

“We are continuing to install mitigation measures at the A83 and we will endeavour to do all we can to keep disruption to a minimum. As ever we thank road users and the local community for their patience while we continue this work at the Rest.”

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