Overnight road closures planned for A85 near Taynuilt

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A 700m section of the A85 east of Taynuilt will close for resurfacing over five nights, starting Thursday May 12.

Operations will take place between 8pm and 5am each night, with no works planned for Friday or Saturday night.

The project is scheduled to be completed by 5am on Thursday May 19, subject to weather conditions.

A diversion will be in place via the A82 and A828 to Ballachulish, adding an additional 40 minutes to journey times between Tyndrum and Connel.

To minimise disruption to road users, amnesty periods will be provided on the A85 at 9pm, 10pm, midnight, 2am and 4am when waiting traffic will be escorted safely through the roadworks.

Road users are advised there is a height restriction of 4.2m (13’9’’) on the diversion route at Connel Bridge. Vehicles exceeding this height should advance to the A85 closure points where they will be stacked until the next available amnesty.

The A85 will be open during the daytime period, although a reduced speed limit will be in place and road users should drive with care as they will be running on a temporary road surface.

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.

Commenting on the improvements, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: ‘This surfacing project on the A85 east of Taynuilt will help address any defects and greatly improve the quality and safety of the carriageway for road users.

‘The traffic management proposed is essential to the safety of our teams; however, we have taken steps to minimise disruption by carrying out the programme of works overnight and avoiding works during typically busy periods of road operation.

‘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. We encourage road users to plan ahead before setting out by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information.’

Real-time journey planning information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.