Work on rock fall catch-pits has started in the A83 at Rest and Be Thankful in Scotland as part of the next £1.8M phase of landslide mitigation measures for the route.
Work on the three catch-pits at the bottom of the slope started this week and have been designed to collect and landslide debris and prevent it from reaching the road.
Modelling was carried out to establish the prime location for construction of the catch-pits.
Speaking yesterday at a meeting of the A83 Taskforce, which was formed in 2012 to focus on the landslide issues on the route, Scotland’s transport minister Humza Yousaf said: “The Scottish government remains firmly committed to the maintaining access to the A83.
“More than £58M has been invested in the route since 2007 to the end of the last financial year, including almost £10M for landslip mitigation at the Rest and Be Thankful.
“Once completed, these three pits will have the potential to hold upwards of 15,000t of debris material were this to be generated by a landslip. This provides additional resilience capacity.
“The nets continue to prove their worth having caught material from a small slippage earlier this month.
“We understand that the community is concerned about a delay to the start of the catch-pit work but it was important that we had the correct preparations in place and now that the work is underway we are looking forward to seeing it progressing to keep Argyll open for business.”