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Work starts on “long term” A82 slope solution

Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) has said that its geotechnical team will start work this week on a longer term solution to secure the slope that was destabilised as a result of a rock fall earlier this year.

Investigations following the rock fall, which closed the road between Invermoriston and Drumnadrochit for four days in March, led to concerns about the stability of other large boulders above the road.

“At the time we put in place some anchored rock fall netting to secure other unstable boulders on that section of hillside as an emergency measure,” said FCS A82 steep ground harvesting project manager Alex Macleod. “We now need to make these emergency works more permanent before the autumnal bad weather arrives and potentially causes more problems.

“We’ll be putting in place an anchored concrete beam but given the steepness of the slope, we’ll have to build this in situ and helicopter in all the plant and materials.

“Traffic management will be in place for this and other elements of the works. However we anticipate that it will have much less of an impact on local traffic than our other felling operations.”

Macleod added that he expected the work to be completed by mid-July.

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