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Mitigation measures halt 900t landslide at Rest and Be Thankful

Further slope failures above the A83 at Rest and Be Thankful have been intercepted by the landslip mitigation measures and prevented additional closures on the route.

Since the road was reopened on 18 October after a nine-day closure following ground movement, Transport Scotland’s term maintenance contractor Bear Scotland has said that a further 900t has moved above the road.

Bear said that the road remained open despite continuing small landslips throughout the past four weeks after the mitigation measures successfully prevented material reaching the road.

According to Bear, further heavy rain in the past 10 days has meant additional debris movements on the slope have occurred since Saturday 3 November. The system of debris-fences, catch-pits and newly-installed bunds at the side of the road successfully collected the material before it reached the carriageway.

Bear’s teams remains on-site to empty the catch-pits, bunds and debris fences of any material, as well as to monitor the slope. To facilitate this safely, traffic is occasionally being held in both directions for short periods however overall delays are being minimised.

The A83 task force is expected to convene tomorrow to discuss additional investment in landslide mitigation at the site.


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