Overnight road closures are planned on the A83 next week to allow the first phase of slope excavations to be undertaken as part of the road improvements at Strone Point.
Transport Scotland’s term maintenance contractor Bear Scotland has said that work started on site earlier this month under traffic control but the road closure was necessary to ensure safety during the next phase of work.
Principal contractor John Paul Construction has already undertaken soil nail testing and vegetation clearance on the slope above the A83 in order for the scheme to move onto the next phase.
Bear has said that a long-reach excavator will be used during the overnight closures to remove high sections and regrade the slope above the road.
“John Paul Construction has made good progress on site with testing of the soil nails that were installed before the festive break complete allowing for significant site clearance activities to be undertaken,” said Bear Scotland representative for the north west Eddie Ross.
“With the installation of these soil nails, excavation of the adjacent slope can now take place.
“Whilst the majority of works during this 28-week project can be undertaken using temporary traffic lights and lane closures, overnight road closures are unfortunately required for excavation of the high section of the slope as a result of the size of machinery required for this operation to ensure everyone stays safe during construction.
“We’re also working to repair the deteriorating road surface on sections of the A83, and resurfacing is programmed later in February which will address the road next to the Strone Point bend realignment works. These repairs are part of a wider programme which has been brought forward to deal with the worst areas affected by the recent winter weather and freeze and thaw cycle.
“We once again thank motorists and the community for their patience, and encourage all road users to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for journey information.”
During the overnight work, road users will be diverted via the A819, A85 and the A82 and the road will reopen under temporary traffic lights during the day time.