Essential works on Caledonian Canal bridges due to start

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Essential maintenance on two bridges that carry the A82 over the Caledonian Canal was to get underway this week.

The £220,000 project will see work undertaken on the Fort Augustus and Laggan Swing Bridges on the A82, involving the replacement of the hydraulically operated nose wedges that support the ends of each bridge.

These essential works will ensure both bridges continue to operate safely for years to come.

The works on the Fort Augustus were scheduled to take place from Monday of this week until tomorrow (Friday) from 9.30pm to 6am.

Overnight road closures will be in place during working hours as the bridge will be swung ‘open’ to allow for engineers to safely access the components on the ends of the structure, resulting in a full closure of the A82 at this location.

A diversion route using the A87 and A887 will be signed from Invermoriston and Invergarry for northbound and southbound traffic.  The diversion route will add approximately 20 minutes onto journey times.  There will be local access only on the A82 to Fort Augustus.

On the Laggan Swing Bridge, the works will start on Monday, February 7 to Friday, February 11 from 9.45pm to 6am.

Overnight road closures will be in place during working hours as the bridge will be swung ‘open’ to allow for engineers to safely access the components on the ends of the structure, resulting in a full closure of the A82 at this location.

A diversion route using the A86 and A9 will be sign posted.  The diversion route will add approximately 25 minutes onto journey times. All traffic management will be removed during the daytime period.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: ‘This project will see essential maintenance work carried out on Fort Augustus and Laggan Swing Bridges that cross the Caledonian Canal, ensuring they continue to function safely for road users as well as canal traffic.

‘The road closures are essential in order to facilitate the maintenance of the bridges. We’ve arranged for the works to take place overnight to minimise disruption as much as possible.

‘We thank road users for their patience in advance and our teams will look to complete the project as quickly and safely as possible. We encourage motorists to plan their journeys in advance and check Traffic Scotland for real-time journey information.’