Road improvements start between Loch Awe and Taynuilt

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Roadworks were due to have started on the A85 near Loch Awe this week.

The £300,000 resurfacing project was scheduled to start on Monday February 7 on a 1.5km section of the road just east of Cruachan Power Station. It is being carried out over eight days with Wednesday February 16 the expected end date – but it all depends on weather conditions.

To keep roadworkers and motorists safe, one lane will be closed and a 10mph convoy system will be in operation between 7am and 7pm.

A temporary 30mph speed limit will be in place outwith working hours.

Consultation has been carried out with emergency services and relevant stakeholders to make them aware of the plans and share information about the project in advance.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative, said: ‘This surfacing project on the A85 between Loch Awe and Taynuilt will greatly improve the surface for motorists.

‘The convoy is essential to ensure the safety of roadworkers and motorists, however, our teams will do all they can to complete the project as quickly and as safely as possible.

‘The road will be operated under a temporary 30mph speed limit when works are not taking place.’

Roadworks on the Saturday and Sunday will be avoided to help minimise disruption.

Mr Ross added: ‘We thank motorists for their patience in advance and would also encourage them to plan their journeys ahead by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up-to-date travel information.’

You can find real-time journey planning information at www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

Caption: This surfacing project on the A85 between Loch Awe and Taynuilt will help sort defects and make it a smoother journey for motorists.