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A82 rock fall catch fence installed after slope failure

Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) has said that traffic management will remain in place on the A82 at Grotaig following a recent rock fall to allow a temporary catch fence to be installed by contractor Geo-Rope.

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a82 rock fall

Traffic management has been in place since the fallen tree triggered the rock fall on Wednesday

The restrictions were put in place by Transport Scotland’s term maintenance contractor Bear Scotland on Wednesday after fallen tree triggered the rock fall.

Slope monitoring and geotechnical assessment led to the decision to install a 50m long Geobrugg catch fence due to concerns that heavy rainfall could trigger further ground movement.

“We have been working with colleagues from Bear Scotland and our engineering specialists to clear the debris from the roadside and remove loose material from the hillside,” said FES operations manager Alex Macleod.

“Thankfully that operation went well and the professionalism of our teams meant that it was accomplished without having to close the road completely.

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Loose rock has been removed but a catch fence is being installed due to concerns that heavy rain could trigger further movement

“However, the expert advice we have been given is that we should put in place a temporary catch fence as an extra precaution.

“Fencing materials are being moved on to the site but we will need to continue with the traffic management – including short red-to-red closures - while this is being built.”

Macleod said that the traffic management was likely to remain in place for a period after the catch fence construction is completed in order for further slope monitoring to be carried out.

 

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