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April start set for A83 Strone Point slope works

over 2300 tonnes of material has been removed from the slope above the trunk road at strone point

Work on realignment of the A83 at Strone Point is set to move onto the next phase in early April with the start of high slope excavations set to get underway.

Transport Scotland’s term maintenance contractor Bear Scotland has said that principal contractor John Paul Construction is making good progress on the scheme.

The Strone Point project involves scaling back a section of the hillside over 300m long next to the A83 carriageway, helping to open up the width of the road and improve driver visibility round the bend.

Bear said that the contractor has been on site since December and has removed 2,300t of material from the slopes adjacent to the A83 and installed almost 500 soil nails and rock mesh so far.

The next phase of work on the upper slopes will be carried out during three overnight road closures due to size of equipment needed and complexity of the operation. Bear has said that toad users will be diverted via the A819, A85 and A82 between 9pm and 5am for three nights from 3 April.

Bear Scotland north west representative Eddie Ross said: “The contractor, John Paul Construction, is making good progress with the A83 Strone Point Bend Realignment project with teams working hard to secure the newly excavated sections of the slope and prepare the ground ahead of the next phase of work.

“The majority of the Strone Point project has been designed so that it can be carried out under temporary traffic lights, however road closures are required for safety due to the size of the machinery and difficulty that is involved in the high reach excavations in this phase of the project. We’ve taken steps to minimise any impact to road users by arranging for this phase of the work to be completed overnight and avoid working over the weekend.

 

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