Corran esplanade resurfacing work to start this month

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Overnight road closure in place on Corran Esplanade for safety

Convoy system to be operated on Dunollie Road and George Street, 8pm and 6am

A section of the A85 along Corran Esplanade in Oban is set to benefit from an improved road surface with works set to get underway on Sunday January 16.

The £130,000 investment from Transport Scotland will address defects over a 380 metre section of the route, creating a safer and smoother journey for road users.

The overnight project is programmed to begin on Sunday January 16 and is expected to take 10 nights to complete. The improvements will take place between 8pm and 6am each night with works scheduled to be completed by 6am on Friday January 28. No work will be undertaken on Friday or Saturday nights.

The project is programmed to take place as follows:

  • Phase one – Sunday January 16 to Monday January 17 (two nights). A lane closure will be in place along Corran Esplanade during working hours for safety.
  • Phase two – Tuesday January 18 to Thursday January 27 (eight nights excluding Friday and Saturday nights).

To ensure the safety of both roadworkers and motorists, Corran Esplanade will be closed during working hours. Vehicles will be escorted under a 10mph convoy along George Street and Dunollie Road. Access to Williams Street and Breadalbane Street via Corran Esplanade will be restricted during working hours.

The A85 will remain open during the daytime to keep disruption to a minimum, although road users are asked to drive with care as they will be travelling on a temporary surface. On street parking on Corran Esplanade will be prohibited for the full duration of the project.

Emergency services will be able to pass through the works at all times.  Local access for residents and scheduled bus services will be maintained as far as reasonably practicable.

Consultation has been carried out with emergency services and relevant stakeholders to make them aware of the traffic management arrangements.

Commenting on the improvements, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “This surfacing project on the A85 at Corran Esplanade will address any defects and greatly improve the road surface for motorists.

‘The traffic management proposed, involving road closures and the use of a convoy system, is essential to the safety of roadworkers and motorists given the narrow road widths present at this location in Oban. We’ve taken steps to limit the overall impact of the project by carrying out the required work overnight.

‘Our teams will do all they can to complete the works as quickly and safely as possible, and we thank the local community and road users for their patience in advance. We encourage motorists to plan ahead before setting out by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information and allowing extra time to reach their destination.’

Real-time journey planning information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.