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Rest and Be Thankful diversion route to remain open overnight

a83 at rest and be thankful

Transport Scotland’s term maintenance contractor Bear Scotland has said that work to open a diversion route for the A83 at Rest and Be Thankful following landslides last week will remain open overnight.

The Old Military Road local diversion route at the A83 Rest and Be Thankful remained open last night while the A83 remains closed.

Bear Scotland has reported that assessments and consideration of a detailed weather forecast for the area have deemed the condition of the hillside safe to allow the Old Military Road to run during hours of darkness last night.

Bear Scotland’s teams will work through the night to help ensure the Old Military Road operates safely, including installing specialist lighting and stationing extra patrols and a recovery vehicle on-site to assist road users as required and keep the route moving.

Teams worked throughout the day yesterday to install a temporary debris fence above the A83 carriageway to replace one which was heavily damaged by multiple landslips last week, allowing the local diversion below to open safely overnight.

Operations will continue over the next few days to prepare the A83 for re-opening.

Bear Scotland north west manager Eddie Ross said: “Teams have made good progress on-site with the installation of a new temporary debris-fence completed next to the A83 carriageway, meaning there is sufficient protection overnight for motorists to continue using the Old Military Road.

“A thorough geotechnical assessment and a close look at the weather forecast overnight has meant we can safely keep the Old Military Road open overnight, helping to reduce disruption to road users in Argyll while the A83 carriageway is worked on.

“For safety, the route will be monitored for any change in weather conditions throughout the night as a precaution.

“We ask road users to please drive safely during the convoy through the Old Military Road and adhere to the speed limit which is in place for everyone’s safety.

“We’ll continue to do all we can to ensure the A83 opens as soon as it is safe to do so, and we thank the local community and motorists for their patience while we work to address the multiple landslips at the Rest and Be Thankful.”

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