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Next phase of Rest and Be Thankful mitigation work starts

Work on the next phase of landslide mitigation work has got underway on the A83 at Rest and Be Thankful, according to Transport Scotland term maintenance contractor Bear Scotland.

The work involves construction of a fourth catch pit next to the A83 as part of the £2.2M project which started in spring 2017.

The catch pits are designed to stop landslide debris reaching the road and were critical in the fast reopening of the route following a series of landslides in October and November 2018. The latest catch pit will have a 2,600t capacity.

Bear has said that in addition to the catch pit construction, work on protection measures at Glen Kinglas, 5km further on the A83 from Rest and Be Thankful, will also continue. Material excavated from the Rest and Be Thankful work will be reused at Glen Kinglas to construct landslide mitigation bunds above streams at the site to further reduce the risk of landslide debris reaching the carriageway of the A83.

It is great to see the next stage of these two important projects continuing.

Bear Scotland north west representative Eddie Ross said: “The installation of the next stages of the mitigation measures will provide more protection and resilience against any future landslips blocking this key route at both the Rest and Be Thankful and Glen Kinglas.

“The temporary traffic lights are necessary to keep our teams as well as users of the route safe during the works, and the teams will do all they can to complete the project as quickly and safely as possible.

“We’ll endeavour to keep all stakeholders updated as the works progress and thank the local community and road users for their patience while we complete these important projects.”

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