From : 18th April 2017
To : 21st April 2017
Posted : 4th April 2017
£30,000 OVERNIGHT SURFACING IMPROVEMENTS
Works begin on Tuesday 18 April for three nights
• Overnight road closures in place for safety
• Height restrictions in place on diversion routes for vehicles over 13’ 9” (4.2m)
Motorists using the A85 between Tyndrum and Oban will benefit from an improved road surface as resurfacing works are set to be carried out later this month.
The £30,000 improvements will address a 200m section of the A85 through Taynuilt and this will repair any defects in the surface, creating a smoother, quieter and safer road through the village.
The project will begin on Tuesday 18 April, from 7pm to 7am, and will last for three nights.
Due to the restricted width of the A85 at this location a road closure is required to ensure the safety of roadworkers as well as the travelling public. The A85 will be closed each night through Taynuilt from 7pm to 7am, with a diversion in place for trunk road traffic via the A82 at Tyndrum, A828 Ballachulish and A85 at Connel. The road will be open during the day.
Unfortunately this diversion route is subject to a height restriction of 13’ 9” (4.2m) at Connel Bridge and as such will be unsuitable for vehicles exceeding this. Vehicles in excess of this restriction are encouraged to plan an alternative route during these overnight works. Alternatively, vehicles exceeding 13’ 9” (4.2m) may proceed along the A85 where they will be stacked and escorted through the works at Taynuilt when it is safe to do so. Emergency services will be able to pass through the works at all times, and local access only for Taynuilt village will be maintained when it is safe to pass through the work area.
Consultation has been carried out with local residents, businesses, transport operators, Freight Transport Association and the Road Haulage Association to inform them of the plans.
Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative, said: “The resurfacing improvements will help address the defects on the road through Taynuilt and greatly improve the surface for motorists.
“We’ve planned the works to take place overnight and are avoiding working at the weekends to limit the impact on residents and motorists. We’ve carried out consultation with all relevant stakeholders to inform them of our plans.
“Unfortunately the height restriction on the diversion will affect any vehicle above 13’ 9” and would therefore encourage all motorists to plan ahead should they intend to travel during the stated working hours.
“We thank motorists for their patience in advance while we carry out these improvements, and hope they will be pleased with the results once they are completed.”
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