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A82 Loch Ness slope stabilisation start date set

Work on stabilising two sections of rock slopes on the A82 near Drumnadrochit are set to get underway next week.

The £0.5M project is being managed by Transport Scotland’s term maintenance contractor Bear Scotland and will be delivered by specialist contract Geo-Rope. The work involves removing 1,150t of material from the rock faces opposite Loch Ness at Wellington Layby and installing rock bots and netting.

Bear has said that the work is necessary to help ensure that this section of the trunk road remains safe for road users and that the embankment is protected from debris reaching the roadside.

Work is set to start on 4 February and is expected to take up to 10 weeks to complete.

To keep roadworkers as well as motorists safe a 10mph convoy system will be in operation during the project, however when safe to do so and outside of working hours this will be replaced with a temporary traffic light system.

Bear Scotland representative for the north west Eddie Ross said: “This latest investment to the A82 will help increase road safety by removing around 1,150t of rock from the slope above the roadside and then securing it with wire netting to prevent any further debris reaching the carriageway.

“We’ll have teams working continuously during the project however for safety reasons we can’t carry out these works overnight. We’ve arranged for the A82 to remain open throughout the project and scheduled the works to be completed ahead of the busier summer season.

“The traffic management arrangements in place are essential to ensure everyone is kept safe during the works, and our teams will do all they can to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible.”

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