Resurfacing A85 work means night closures

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Two-weeks surfacing work on the A85 has started.

There are five sections of road  between Dalmally and Connel to be treated over the next fortnight between 8pm and 5am weather-depending – but no work is planned for Friday or Saturday nights.

The first of the work was east of Achnachloich and began on Sunday.

The road east of Connel was scheduled for being closed for four nights – the last being Sunday July 11, with convoys in place for any waiting traffic at 9pm, 10pm, midnight, 2am and 4am.

Achnacloich Railway Bridge road will close on the evening on Monday July 12 with a signed diversion route in place via the A82 and A828, adding 60 miles to the journey for road users travelling between Connel and Tyndrum.

The A85 will be shut at Airds Bay Tuesday July 13 to Wednesday July 14 with convoys at 9pm, 10pm, midnight, 2am and 4am.

The A85 at Cruachan Dam will also be shut on Thursday July 15 with convoys at 9pm, 10pm, midnight, 2am and 4am.

At each site, traffic management will be reduced outwith working hours, but a temporary 30mph speed limit will stay in place because of temporary surfacing.

Strict physical distancing protocols, in line with Scottish Government Covid-19 guidance, will be in force to protect roadworkers.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s Representative for the North West, said the surfacing work  will create a safer and smoother journey for road users.

‘For safety, we need to close the road overnight at four locations however we’ve taken steps to minimise disruption as much as possible by scheduling the work to avoid Friday and Saturday nights and by arranging amnesty periods where possible.

‘Our teams will do everything they can to limit disruption and will complete the work as quickly and safely as they can.  We advise all road users to plan their journeys in advance by checking Traffic Scotland for up to date journey information.’

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