Snow melt and rain sees OMR in use

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The Old Military Road at the Rest and Be Thankful on the A83 will remain in use both day and night until Sunday as a safety precaution due to heavy rain, BEAR Scotland has said.

The single-track route, which runs parallel to the A83 through the centre of Glen Croe, was brought into use on Thursday due to heavy rain showers.

A Met Office yellow weather warning for heavy rain is in place from 6am today until 9pm. A second is also in place between noon on Saturday until 3am Sunday morning.

The Old Military Road is able to remain open during the forecast heavy rain after the creation of a 175m (574ft) long, 6.6m (21ft) high bund which acts as a barrier against debris from a potential landslip.

BEAR Scotland said teams would remain on high alert and the route may be closed if conditions in the area ‘deteriorate significantly’.

In addition to the heavy rain, milder temperatures have melted snow from the hillside which is also being monitored and assessed, it said.

The A83 will remain closed until Sunday morning when an inspection will take place ahead of the planned reopening.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s north west representative said: ‘With the protective bund in place next to the OMR we have greater confidence in being able to safely operate the local diversion through the section of most recent concern during the forecast heavy rain, however we’ll keep it under close review should conditions deteriorate significantly on any part of the hillside.

‘We have teams continuously monitoring the hillside using specialist equipment and gauges to ensure we have an accurate understanding of the slope and any changes in conditions in the area due to the heavy rain and snow melt.

‘With further wet weather forecast until Sunday we’ll continue to ensure we’re doing all we can to keep road users safe and minimise disruption to journey times through Glen Croe as much as possible.’