Highland Council has said that repairs to the landslip on the Knoydart Peninsula are progressing well and it hopes to reopen the road by Easter.
The slope failure last autumn cut off the villages of Airor, Doune and Sandaig and the initial work focused on establishing foot and quad bike access, as well as power lines severed by the collapse.
The council now reports that rock faces have now been stabilised and the slope has been excavated with foundations prepared at the toe of the slope to allow the reconstruction of the embankment and reinstatement of the road to proceed.
Highland Council described the as a “lifeline” for the local communities.
“Firstly I would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding,” said Highland Council chair of the environment, development and infrastructure committee Allan Henderson. “Anyone who has visited the site or seen the photos taken at the time showing the damage the landslip caused will be fully aware of the physical constraints the team has had to deal with as the road is on a very steep hillside with a sheer drop below.
“We knew from the start that there would be specific challenges to carry out the necessary survey work safely, find the best engineering solution and then get materials to site. Working over the winter months has not been easy but by Easter we hope to be able to re-open the road with only minor works left to complete.
“Everyone is really working hard and the local community have been very understanding and appreciative of the Highland Council so over the next few weeks the push is on to get the work finished.”