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Soil nail testing clears way for Strone Point improvement

Transport Scotland’s term maintenance contractor Bear Scotland has said that work to drill test soil nails at the A83 Strone Point improvements site has been successfully completed.

Testing of the soil nails, along with creating environmental exclusion zones and installing silt traps, will allow the main construction work to start on 3 January.

The main phase of work will involve scaling back a section of the hillside, over 300m long, next to the carriageway. This will open up the width of the road and improve driver visibility round the bend. New road markings, signage, safety barrier and bike guard will also be added to further improve road safety.

The initial phase involves installing protection measures on the rock face before teams begin construction on the road. The protection measures will ensure that any debris or loose rocks will be prevented from reaching the carriageway.

Temporary traffic lights put in place during the advance works have now been removed for the Christmas period but will be reinstated when the main phase of work gets underway.

“John Paul Construction has made good progress on site by installing the environmental zones and mitigation measures, as well as drilling the test nails into the rock face,” said Bear Scotland’s Eddie Ross.

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