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A830 MORAR RIVER BRIDGE

From : 28th November 2017

To : 30th March 2018

Posted : 28th November 2017

NEW £1M ESSENTIAL BRIDGE MAINTENANCE PROJECT GETS UNDERWAY

A830 MORAR RIVER BRIDGE

Bridge painting project to be completed in early spring

Lane closures in place for safety

 

Over £1,000,000 of essential bridge maintenance on the A830 Morar River Bridge began this week to help ensure the structure is protected against the elements and maintains its durability.

A specialist protective coating system will be applied to the bridge to protect it from corrosion.  The original paint system was applied when the bridge was built in 1994, and the new £1M investment will allow the protective coating to be restored to offer protection for years to come.  

The project involves installing intricate scaffolding around the bridge and beneath the bridge deck, allowing teams safe access to the bridge components. Teams will then work to strip the remaining coating from the bridge before then applying the new specialist paint system to the bridge structure, expected to be completed by the end of March.  

For safety of the teams as well as motorists, a lane closure will be in place during the project to allow safe access to the works.   

A secure containment system will surround the scaffolding to ensure that adequate protection is provided to the environment throughout the project, as well as ensure the bridge is not exposed to the harsh weather conditions when the reapplication of the coating systems is underway.  

Commenting on the project, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “The new £1M investment into the project will help ensure the bridge continues to function safely for years to come, and will allow us to make sure it continues to withstand the elements for the next few decades.

“We’ve timed the works to take place outwith the busier summer months when traffic is increased due to the greater number of tourists, meaning disruption to road users is kept to a minimum.

“Our teams will do all they can to complete the essential works as quickly and safely as possible and we encourage all road users to plan their journey in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for journey information.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org or twitter @trafficscotland. 

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