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From : 5th March 2018

To : 31st July 2018

Posted : 5th March 2018

Rest and Be Thankful landslip mitigation works resumed


The construction teams are now back on site to continue with the landslip mitigation measures on the A83 through the Rest and Be Thankful.

Works had been de-mobilised over the Christmas break to avoid disruption to road users during a period where minimal progress could be achieved. The period was extended due to the inclement weather being faced in the early part of 2018. However the teams have re-mobilised and commenced with the construction of the pits. 

The current scope of works is expected to last until summer 2018 during which time temporary traffic lights will be in place on the A83. This is to ensure the safety of both road users and our workers throughout the works. 

The landslide mitigation works involve the excavation of three debris flow catch-pits at the bottom of the slope next to the A83. This phase of installations is designed to stop debris from a future landslide on the channels above each pit location reaching the road, helping to keep the A83 open if there is a landslide.

Each of the catch-pits has been designed to provide additional mitigation measures to the existing debris fences already in place on the slopes at the Rest and be Thankful, by providing storage capacity for 12,000 tonnes of material and debris from potential landslips. The catch-pits are located in strategic areas along the bottom of the hillside where the latest modelling techniques have suggested the greatest need for additional protection measures.

Commenting on the works, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We’re pleased to resume the construction of the debris flow catch-pits following a period of adverse winter weather.  

“The installation of these pits, together with the fences and debris flow catch-pit already in place at the Rest and be Thankful, will provide further protection resilience against any future landslips blocking this key route.   

“The temporary traffic lights are necessary to keep our teams and users of the route safe throughout the duration of the works. We’ll endeavour to keep all stakeholders updated as the works progress, and thank the local community and road users for their patience while we complete these important works.

“We encourage road users to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information.” 

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