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April start date set for Fort William stabilisation work

Bear Scotland has announced that a coastal defence project on A82 Achintore Road near Fort William is to start next month.

The £465,000 coastal defence project for the sea-wall will involve demolition of the existing coastal defences, which is showing signs of significant deterioration, and construction of a new defence system.

Expected to take six weeks to complete, around 550 concrete blocks each weighing 1.5t and approximately 1,200t of rock armour will be installed along the shore to strengthen and protect the embankment from future erosion, ensuring the A82 carriageway and footway remains supported.

As part of the project a wider footway will also be constructed with new safety barrier installed next to the A82.

The project is currently planned to begin from Monday 1 April to avoid further deterioration of the existing coastal defence system from the tides against the sea wall.

Bear Scotland north west representative Eddie Ross said: “This essential £465,000 project will upgrade the current coastal defence system at this location in Fort William which is currently displaying signs of significant deterioration.

“By carrying out these works at the earliest opportunity in April, the integrity of the A82 here will be maintained and a potential costly and disruptive failure of the embankment which supports the road will be avoided.

“We’re aware that projects of this nature can cause disruption however our teams are planning various mitigation measures, such as manual control of traffic signals and avoiding working over public holidays, to ensure delays are minimised as much as possible.”

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