Corran esplanade resurfacing work to start this week

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Work to resurface the A85 along Corran Esplanade in Oban has been delayed slightly, with resurfacing work not due to now start until Wednesday, January 19.

Work was previously due to start yesterday, Sunday January 16.

Now advanced civils operations will start tomorrow, Tuesday January 18 until Friday January 21 from 7am-7pm. Corran Esplanade will remain open, but there will be lane closure with temporary traffic management in place.

Resurfacing will begin on Wednesday, January 19 until Tuesday January 24 (five nights), from 8pm until 6am. During this period the road will be closed, with two-way convoy on Dunollie Road.

Road marking work will now start on Wednesday January 26 until Sunday January 30 (three nights), from 8pm-6am. The road will be closed during this time, with a two-way convoy on Dunollie Road.

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.

The working hours have been proposed overnight in order to minimise disruption to road users as far as reasonably possible whilst ensuring productivity. The loudest activities such as planing and jackhammering will cease by 11pm each night. We would like to take this opportunity to thank motorists and residents for their patience in advance of these planned works.

The safety of maintenance workers remains a top priority during this project and strict physical distancing protocols, in line with Scottish Government guidance, will be in place to ensure all on-site personnel remain safe throughout the duration of the project. Robust risk assessments have been completed to ensure all staff are kept safe.

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: ‘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.