Bad bends on A85 near Oban get £150k safety boost

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Dangerous bends on the A85 east of Connel are getting new safety barriers and warning signs over the next month.

The £150,000 road improvements, installing 1.6km of safety barriers and warning signs approaching bends on the A85 between Connel and Kilmaronaig Farm, begin on Monday January 10, and are expected to take four weeks.

Temporary traffic lights and a 30mph speed limit will be in place at all times throughout the roadworks.

The new safety barriers, explained BEAR Scotland’s North West representative Eddie Ross, ‘will help ensure motorists are protected on the route, and the new signs will help warn motorists when approaching bends in the road.

‘To keep everyone safe during the works temporary traffic lights will be in place throughout the project, however our teams will do all they can to complete the project as quickly and safely as possible.

‘We encourage all road users to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date journey information.’

Oban councillor Elaine Robertson said: ‘I welcome this initiative and all developments which will assist in reducing accidents and fatalities on our roads.’

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on, twitter @trafficscotland or the mobile site