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A82 TARBET TO CRIANLARICH PROPOSALS

From : 6th November 2017

To : 21st November 2017

Posted : 3rd October 2017

Public consultation launched for proposals for A82 crash barrier repair following HGV incident earlier this year 

Barrier repairs need to be completed under day time road closures for safety reasons

Proposal to carry out over £885,000 worth of road maintenance schemes at same time to maximise use of road closure

Public exhibition planned to share information about project and gauge feedback from community

 

BEAR Scotland is inviting feedback from the public on proposals for a major repair programme on the A82 including the replacement of a section of heavily damaged crash barriers immediately next to Loch Lomond.

Click here for an information page about the project, or click here for an interactive map of the proposed works.  

The crash barrier was damaged following an accident to the south of Inveruglas involving an HGV earlier this year, when the lorry went through the barrier, down a steep bank and came to rest on the loch edge. This resulted in a section of barrier breaking free from the verge and exposing a drop into the loch below. While no one was injured in the incident, temporary traffic lights have been in place since May for the safety of road users until such time as the barrier can be replaced.

Risk assessments have determined that day time road closures are required to complete the installation safely due to the geography of the location – the narrow verge, steep overgrown embankment, drop into loch and the need to work on the slope itself to install the foundation for the barrier.  

In an effort to make full use of the required closure of this section of the A82, BEAR Scotland is proposing to undertake a maintenance and improvement package at the same time. 

This would see around 40 workers in multiple teams carrying out a major package of ten road maintenance schemes simultaneously, including:

Up to 4km of resurfacing projects to improve the running surface and road grip

Major drainage works stretching over 3.5km long between Tarbet and Inveruglas to address historic issues of flooding on the route.   

Installation of around 1,300 new safety barrier reflectors and verge marker posts to increase visibility and safety at bends

Road sign replacement and repairs 

Landscaping cut back works

26km of road markings

Other minor repairs on the road

 

BEAR Scotland is now consulting with the public to determine when the repairs to the crash barrier should take place. 

Proposals are currently being put forward which could see the work carried out from Monday 6 November to Tuesday 21 November, 8am to 7pm, week days only.   Emergency services, public buses and local access would be maintained throughout the closure points, with all other traffic diverted via the A83, A819 A85 and A82 during working hours. 

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We welcome all feedback on these proposals to carry out the repairs to the barrier near Loch Lomond Holiday Park which would finally see the temporary traffic lights lifted from the A82 at the same time as a further £885,000 investment in the route to help ensure it continues to function safely for road users.  

“We only ever close roads when it is essential.  In this case the barrier that needs to be replaced is so close to the Loch and is in such a restricted space that it is unsafe for our teams to work there with heavy machinery at night time.  This means daytime working is the only option.  

“We’ve taken steps to avoid working over the summer and October holidays, when traffic flows are generally busier. The dates proposed will mean the temporary traffic lights are removed and the works can be completed before the winter weather really sets in.

“We’re also putting forward the opportunity to take full advantage of any daytime road closures by using multiple teams of over 40 roadworkers to carry out as many schemes as we can in one go. This would result in better value overall for the public, as well as increased safety for our road maintenance crews.”

All public buses, school transport and emergency services would be allowed through at all times, and local access for residents and businesses would be maintained through the work sites when it is safe to do so.

A public drop-in session will take place in the Crianlarich Village Hall on the 12 October between 3.30pm and 7.30pm where BEAR will share further information about the proposals, answer any questions and listen to comments from the public.

Feedback on the proposals can also be shared through a dedicated email address, A82SouthConsultation@bearscotland.co.uk, with plans about the scheme available on wwww.bearscot.com.

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