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Overnight surfacing improvements are planned to take place on the A82 near Glencoe over the next two weeks.
The £650,000 project, west of Alnafeadh, will follow the ongoing surfacing project at Loch Achtriochtan and will see a further two kilometre section of the A82 improved over 15 nights with the aim of creating a smoother and safer route for road users.
Starting today, March 2, the project was brought forward within the surfacing programme for the A82 after sections of the route started to deteriorate rapidly.
Works are programmed as follows:
•A82 west Alnafeadh – Wednesday, March 2 to Tuesday, March 22 (15 nights, excluding Friday and Saturday nights).
To ensure the safety of roadworkers and motorists, the surfacing operations will be carried out using a full road closure between 8pm and 5am. A signed diversion route will be in place via the A82, A828 and A85 adding an additional 45 minutes onto journey times between Tyndrum and Ballachullish. Due to there being a height restriction of 4.2m (13’9”) on the A828 at Connel Bridge, amnesties will also be implemented at 9pm, 10pm, midnight, 2am and 4am on the A82. During these times vehicles will be safely escorted through the site using a 10mph convoy traffic management system. Motorists are encouraged to arrive in good time to ensure they are accommodated within the amnesty periods.
The A82 will be open during the daytime with a 30mph speed limit in operation such that vehicles can safely pass through the works on a temporary road surface.
It is anticipated that a second phase of surfacing improvements will take place on the A82 at Loch Achtriochtan once works are completed on the A82 west of Alnafeadh. A further update will be shared once dates for the second phase of works are confirmed.
Emergency services will be able to pass through the works at all times.
Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: ‘We have brought forward the surfacing work planned on the A82 west of Alnafeadh due to recent cold weather impacting the road surface at this location, causing it to break up sooner than anticipated.
‘The works will follow our current resurfacing operations at Loch Achtriochtan and will remove the need for further closures later in the year.
‘Our teams will do all they can to complete the works as quickly and safely as they can, and we thank the local community and road users for their patience in advance whilst we resurface the A82 at this location. We encourage motorists to plan ahead before setting out by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information.’