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A83 STRONE POINT

From : 4th December 2017

To : 31st July 2018

Posted : 31st January 2018

July 2018

**UPDATE:  A83 Strone Point Project overnight closures to take place on Wednesday 4 July and Thursday 5 July, 9pm to 5am**

 

Please be advised that the planned overnight road closures for the A83 at Strone Point, outlined in the release below, are now set to take place on Wednesday and Thursday night this week due to unforeseen circumstances on site.

The overnight closures are required to allow safe installation of the road surface on top of the newly-constructed carriageway, including the application of high friction surfacing, helping to improve road user safety through this section. 

The closures will now take place on Wednesday and Thursday night between 9pm and 5am, with road users diverted via the A819, A85 and the A82. Access will be maintained at all times for emergency vehicles.

Following completion of the surfacing, further minor construction works to complete the project will take place ahead of the A83 opening to both lanes again later in July.  

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

 

June 2018

Major project to realign bend in road at A83 Strone Point entering the final phase

Project expected to be completed in mid-July

Two overnight road closures required for safety from Tuesday 3 July, 9pm to 5am

 

The ongoing bend realignment project on the A83 at Strone Point has made significant strides forward in recent weeks since the completion of the slope stabilisation works in April. 

Teams from the principal contractor, John Paul Construction, have undertaken a number of further improvement works at ground level with the construction of the new carriageway, installation of new drainage systems, shoreside retaining wall construction and installation of new safety barrier and warning signs. These phases have all progressed well in recent weeks with the final activities due to be completed by mid-July. 

Works within the Inveraray-bound lane have recently been completed with traffic now moved back onto the westbound lane to allow the last section of safety barrier and bike guard to be installed.  

As the project nears completion a final phase of overnight closures will be required to allow safe installation of the road surface on top of the newly-constructed carriageway, including the application of high friction surfacing, helping to improve road user safety through this section. 

The overnight closures are scheduled to take place from Tuesday 3 July for two nights, 9pm to 5am each night.   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.

Following completion of the surfacing, further minor construction works to complete the project will take place ahead of the A83 opening to both lanes again later in July.  

The bend realignment project at Strone Point involved scaling back a 300m section of hillside next to the A83, opening up the width of the road and improving alignment and visibility round the bend.  A new carriageway, new road markings, signage, safety barrier and bike guard have also be been constructed to further improve road safety.

Commenting on the project, Eddie Ross from BEAR Scotland said: “The contractor, John Paul Construction, has made significant progress with the A83 Strone Point Bend Realignment project since groundworks began in April with a number of major construction phases now complete. The project is now nearing completion with the final aspects of the works set to take place.

“The next phase involves two overnight closures so we can safely complete the last sections of surfacing works on the new carriageway, however we’ve arranged this so the works will take place overnight to limit any disruption as much as possible. 

“Once the carriageway is complete teams have some minor construction works remaining on the project, with the A83 expected to be reopen to both lanes around mid-July.

“We thank motorists and the local community for their continued patience while teams work to complete the project and ask that they continue to follow the traffic management and any signage that is in place for their safety as well as that of the workforce during the project.”

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.

 

 

May 2018

Major milestone reached in ongoing A83 Strone Point bend realignment project after slope excavations and stabilisation works complete

Over 6,000 tonnes of material removed from hillside adjacent to road

Teams now working on building new carriageway

 

The ongoing bend realignment project on the A83 at Strone Point has reached the next major milestone with slope excavation and stabilisation works to the adjacent hillside now complete. 

Teams have been working on the project since December and last week completed the final phase of slope excavations with over 6000 tonnes of material removed from the slope.   Teams have also installed 748 soil nails into the exposed face of the new slope above the roadside – if each nail were to be laid end to end it would reach a total length of 3.5km.  Over 800 square metres of specialist mesh and matting has also been installed on the slope surface along with 700 square metres of rock netting to help ensure the slope is stable and to prevent debris from falling onto the new carriageway.

The next phase in the project is now underway with traffic switched to the newly constructed eastbound lane to allow installation of a new shoreside retaining structure, carriageway construction and the installation of a new safety barrier and bike guards on the westbound side.

The majority of the Strone Point project has been carried out under temporary traffic lights and works will continue to be carried out in this manner during this next phase of the project. 

The Strone Point project involves scaling back a section of the hillside over 300m next to the A83 carriageway, helping to open up the width of the road and improve driver visibility round the bend.  A new carriageway, new road markings, signage, safety barrier and bike guard will also be added to further improve road safety.  The project began in December and is due to be completed in the summer.

Commenting on the project, Eddie Ross from BEAR Scotland said: “The contractor, John Paul Construction, is making good progress with the A83 Strone Point Bend Realignment project with teams completing the excavation and containment of the hillside. This milestone allows carriageway realignment and drainage works at ground level to be progressed marking the next phase of the project. 

 “We thank motorists and the local community for their continued patience while teams work to complete the project and ask that they continue to follow the traffic management and any signage that is in place for their safety as well as that of the workforce during the project.”

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.

 

March 2018

A83 Strone Point Bend Realignment Project moves up a gear with next phase of slope excavations due to get underway

Three overnight road closures required for safety from Tuesday 3 April, 9pm – 5am

 

The ongoing bend realignment project on the A83 at Strone Point is making good progress with the next phase of high slope excavations due to get underway early next month.

Teams from the principal contractor, John Paul Construction, have been working on the project since December to carry out excavations of the slope adjacent to the A83, with over 2,300 tonnes of material removed so far.  The teams have also worked to install almost 500 soil nails as well as rock mesh to the new slope face next to the road in recent weeks.

A further phase of overnight works to remove the high reach sections of the slope above the carriageway is due to begin early next month.

The excavations will take place from Tuesday 3 April for three nights, 9pm to 5am each night.  

Due to the size of the machinery and complexity of the operation 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 daytime.

The work is the second of three phases of planned overnight closures which are required to allow teams to safely carry out slope excavations above the carriageway.  The first phase of overnight closures was completed in early February, with the third phase planned to take place towards the end of the project.  Notification will be shared in advance to advise all relevant stakeholders and inform them of the arrangements.

The Strone Point project involves scaling back a section of the hillside over 300m long next to the A83 carriageway, helping to open up the width of the road and improve driver visibility round the bend.  A new carriageway, new road markings, signage, safety barrier and bike guard will also be added to further improve road safety.

Commenting on the project, Eddie Ross from BEAR Scotland said: “The contractor, John Paul Construction, is making good progress with the A83 Strone Point Bend Realignment project with teams working hard to secure the newly excavated sections of the slope and prepare the ground ahead of the next phase of work.

“The majority of the Strone Point project has been designed so that it can be carried out under temporary traffic lights, however road closures are required for safety due to the size of the machinery and difficulty that is involved in the high reach excavations in this phase of the project. We’ve taken steps to minimise any impact to road users by arranging for this phase of the work to be completed overnight and avoid working over the weekend.

“We thank motorists and the local community for their continued patience while teams work to complete the project, and ask that they continue to follow the traffic management and any signage that is in place for their safety as well as that of the workforce during the project.”

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.

 

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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