A83 to close for Scottish Water works at Arrochar

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Scottish Water will be carrying out vital manhole repairs to a section of the A83 at Arrochar on Friday night (January 15).

A short section of the A83 at Main Street between TwoStones B&B and the Lochside Guesthouse will close from 9pm tomorrow until 6am on Saturday.

It is to enable Scottish Water’s contractors Kier to safely carry out vital manhole repairs, said BEAR Scotland.

A diversion route will be in place from the junction of the A814 travelling southbound on the A83 back to Inveraray by taking the A819 up to the A85, it said.

On travelling eastbound, the diversion is on the A85 until to Crianlarich on the A82 until Tarbet, it said.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s north west representative said: ‘Tomorrow night see’s Scottish Water carrying out urgent and essential repair work on the A83 at Arrochar from 9pm to 6am, with the road requiring to close for safety overnight.

‘We advise all road users to plan their journeys in advance.’

Tomorrow also sees the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful start to remain open for an extended period each day as the hours of daylight grow longer, BEAR Scotland said.

It will be in use from 8.45am to 4pm each day, when weather conditions allow, with traffic being convoyed through the area.

During the hours of darkness, however, all road users will be diverted via the Old Military Road alternative route, which runs through the centre of Glen Croe.

The measure is necessary for safety reasons, said BEAR Scotland.

It said snowploughs had been working hard to keep the A83 and Old Military Road free from ice and snow.

Drivers are warned to anticipate longer journey times during such conditions.