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A83 STRONE POINT

From : 4th December 2017

To : 31st July 2018

Posted : 31st January 2018

January 2018

Major A83 Strone Point road improvement project moves up a gear

Overnight road closures planned for four nights from Monday 5 February to allow first phase of slope excavations to take place safely

 

The ongoing major road improvement project on the A83 at Strone Point recommenced earlier this month with teams establishing temporary traffic lights through this section of the A83 to allow the works to be undertaken safely.

The principal contractor, John Paul Construction, has been working to carry out tests on soil nails installed into the slope before the festive break before moving on to the next phase of excavation work. Significant vegetation clearance on the slope above the A83 is also now nearing completion.

The next phase will involve using a long-reach excavator to remove parts of the high section of the slope above the A83.

The excavations will take place each night from Monday 5 February for four nights, 9pm to 5am each night.  

Due to the size of the machinery required to complete this phase of excavation works on the slope next to the road, overnight road closures will be required during working hours.  During this time, road users will be diverted via the A819, A85 and the A82. Access will be maintained at all times for emergency vehicles.   The road will reopen under temporary traffic lights during the day time.

In addition to the ongoing Strone Point improvement project, last week plans were announced to repair the deteriorated section of road surface close to Strone Point following adverse winter weather, with a £60,000 resurfacing scheme set to take place later in February to address the road surface.

BEAR Scotland’s Eddie Ross said: “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. 

“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.”

The A83 Strone Point Improvement Project is being carried out by John Paul Construction and supervised by BEAR Scotland on behalf of Transport Scotland.

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org or twitter @trafficscotland, or via their new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

December 2017

A83 Strone Point project making good progress

Traffic management to be removed over Christmas and New Year to minimise disruption

Works will resume from Wednesday 3 January

 

The major road improvement project on the A83 at Strone Point is making good progress after beginning on site earlier this month.

Throughout December teams have worked to establish environmental exclusion zones, install silt traps and drill test soil nails to the rock face ahead of major construction starting in the New Year.

Temporary traffic lights have been in place for safety since the start of the project however these will be removed from Friday 22 December to minimise disruption over the festive period.  The traffic signals will be reinstated from Wednesday 3 January when teams will continue with the project.

BEAR Scotland’s Eddie Ross said: “John Paul Construction has made good progress on site by installing the environmental zones and mitigation measures, as well as drilling the test nails into the rock face. 

“We’ve arranged for the works to be removed over the festive period to keep disruption over Christmas to a minimum, and the temporary lights will be reinstated from 3 January when their teams resume work on the project.

“We once again thank motorists and the community for their patience while the contractor completes this project to improve the bend at Strone Point, and encourage all road users to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for journey information.”

The A83 Strone Point Improvement Project is being carried out by John Paul Construction and supervised by BEAR Scotland on behalf of Transport Scotland.

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org or twitter @trafficscotland, or via their new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

A83 STRONE POINT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME UNDERWAY

Temporary traffic signals in place for safety from Monday 11 December 

Project to be completed in summer 2018

 

A major project to improve the bend at Strone Point on the A83 has started this week with John Paul Construction, the principal contractor appointed by Transport Scotland, setting up their site offices ahead of the start of construction. To protect the team during the construction period, temporary traffic signals will be in place during the works starting on Monday 11 December.  These will be in place until the scheme is completed in the summer next year.  To keep disruption to a minimum over the Christmas period, the temporary traffic lights will be removed from Friday 22 December before being reinstated from Wednesday 3 January.

The works will involve scaling back a section of the hillside, over 300m long, next to the carriageway.  This will open up the width of the road and improve driver visibility round the bend.  New road markings, signage, safety barrier and bike guard will also be added to further improve road safety.

The initial phase involves installing protection measures on the rock face before teams then begin construction on the road.  The protection measures will ensure that any debris or loose rocks will be prevented from reaching the carriageway. However, due to the height of the cut back at some locations, this protection will not be sufficient and some of the operation will need to be carried out during overnight road closures for safety purposes.  These closures are likely to take place for four nights in mid-January and four nights towards the end of February.  Further information will be shared once dates have been confirmed.  

BEAR Scotland will be supervising the works on behalf of Transport Scotland.

Eddie Ross from BEAR Scotland said: “We are pleased that the long-awaited scheme at Strone Point is about to get underway on the A83.  John Paul Construction has phased the project to minimise disruption to the public as much as possible, however some overnight road closures are required for safety due to the complexity of the works and restricted area on site.  Teams will ensure that details of the works are shared once confirmed.

“Delays at the temporary traffic signals is expected to be minimal, however as always we encourage all road users to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date journey information and consider allowing some extra time.”

The A83 Strone Point Improvement Project is being carried out by John Paul Construction and supervised by BEAR Scotland on behalf of Transport Scotland.

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org or twitter @trafficscotland, or via their new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

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