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A83 STRONE POINT

From : 4th December 2017

To : 31st July 2018

Posted : 5th December 2017

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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