Overnight closures on A85 near Crianlarich

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A  one km stretch of the A85 at Lix Toll and Ardchyle is due to close over 12 nights for resurfacing, from Sunday June 19 to Tuesday July 5.

The £300,000 investment from Transport Scotland is to improve two sections of the trunk road beyond Crianlarich, a major crossroads in the north linking Oban to Stirling and Perth. No works are programmed to take place on the Friday or Saturday nights.

Work on the first section at Ardchyle should take place over two nights from 7pm to 7am, from Sunday June 19 to Monday June 20. A 10mph convoy system will be in place during working hours.

Work on the second section, at Lix Toll, is expected to last 10 nights from 8pm to 5am, from Tuesday June 21 to Monday July 4, excluding the Friday and Saturday nights.

Due to the narrow road widths at the A85 Lix Toll, the A85 will need to be closed in both directions during working hours.

As there is no suitable diversion route for this section of the A85, vehicles will be held at either side of the work site until they are able to be escorted safely through the roadworks during the set amnesty periods at, 9pm, 10pm, 12am, 2am and 4am.

Motorists are encouraged to arrive prior to these times to ensure they can be accommodated within the amnesty period.

The A85 will remain open during the daytime to minimise disruption, however, to ensure the safety of motorists a speed restriction of 30mph will remain in place as traffic will be running on a temporary surface.

Emergency services will be able to pass through the works at all times. Local access for residents, businesses and scheduled bus services will be maintained when it is safe to pass through the work area.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative, said: ‘This surfacing project will improve the quality and safety of this section of the A85 for road users.

‘The traffic management proposed, involving convoy working and road closures, is essential for the safety of roadworkers and road users given the narrow road widths at these locations. We’ve taken steps to limit the overall impact of the project by programming the road closures to be in operation overnight.

‘We thank motorists for their patience in advance and would also encourage them 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.trafficscoltand.org.