Temporary lights on A85 near Glen Ogle

Temporary traffic lights have been positioned on the Bealach an Righ in Oban. t02_Roadworks02
Temporary traffic lights will be in position on the A85 near Glen Ogle.

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Essential site inspections and investigations on a retaining wall on the A85 near the Glen Ogle viaduct viewpoint are scheduled to get underway this week.

As part of the project, specialist teams will inspect the existing retaining wall structure, situated south of the viewpoint, to inform the development of viable options for its replacement. Ground investigation works and inspections are also being conducted on the adjacent land to inform the design process.

The investigations are scheduled to start today, Monday, February 22 and will take approximately four weeks to complete.

To ensure the safety of the workforce and motorists, temporary traffic lights will be in place when inspections are being conducted, noting that the location of the retaining wall is close to the site of some slope stabilisation works that are also being carried out on this section of the A85.

Strict physical distancing protocols, in accordance with Scottish Government COVID-19 guidance, will be implemented to protect teams and ensure they remain safe at all times.

Commenting on the project, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said:  ‘This project in Glen Ogle will inform our engineers on the condition of the existing retaining wall adjacent to the A85, and will provide important information on the stability of nearby ground that will inform a strategy for replacement of the structure.

‘The traffic management is essential to protect  our teams and road users whilst these works are undertaken and we will seek to carry our investigations as quickly as possible.

‘We encourage road users to plan their journeys in advance and check the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information.’

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.