Longer opening for A83 at the Rest

The scene at the Old Mountain Road on February 21, 2021, as 250 tonnes of debris reached the diversion route

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The A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful will stay open between 7.15am and 6pm from Thursday – but only when weather and hillside conditions allow.

During the hours of darkness, all traffic will be diverted via the Old Military Road, said BEAR Scotland in an update today (Wednesday, March 3).

Following a safety assessment, the A83 reopened to road users this morning.

BEAR Scotland said teams had completed stabilisation work high up on the hillside after large boulders were exposed following heavy rain last week.

The boulders, which are 700m east of the major landslips in August and September last year, were made safe using equipment which was lifted onto the hillside by helicopters on Monday and Tuesday.

BEAR Scotland said teams are continuing with further mitigation work including the development of the next catch-pit at the bottom of the steep channel formed by landslips in August and September last year, as well as strengthening the debris fences.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s north west representative said: ‘The A83 reopened at around 8.20am after teams successfully completed important boulder stabilisation work over the last two days.

‘The route will remain in use from 7.15am to 6pm each day when weather conditions allow, and we’ll continue to run the OMR during hours of darkness as a safety precaution.

‘We’re continuing to operate on a safety-first approach and will have a team on site carrying out daily safety inspections and assessments of the hillside to afford protection to road users and our operatives who continue to undertake works.

‘Teams are continuing mitigation work at the Rest, including developing the next debris catch-pit next to the A83 roadside, as well as work to strengthen the debris fences at sections of the route.

‘As ever we thank all road users and the local community for their continued patience as we do all we can to continue to address the ongoing situation at the Rest.’