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A82 FORT AUGUSTUS

From : 30th September 2018

To : 2nd November 2018

Posted : 26th September 2018

New £860,000 project to take place at four locations on A82 between Invergarry and Invermoriston

Project will involve surfacing upgrades and drainage improvements

Overnight road closures in place for safety Sunday to Thursday nights, 7pm – 6am

Improvements begin Sunday 30 September for five weeks

 

A new surfacing project is set to get underway that will see four locations on the A82 near Fort Augustus resurfaced to create a smoother and safer journey for road users.

The £860,000 project will replace the road surface at four locations between Invergarry and Invermoriston – Netherwood to Ardachy, North of Thistle Stop Café, south of Fort Augustus and Inchnacardoch.

A total of two miles of new surfacing will be completed across all four locations, with teams also carrying out drainage improvements and gully upgrades at some sections of the route to reduce the risk of flooding and standing water on the road, improving road safety for motorists.

The project is set to begin on Sunday 30 September and will take up to five weeks to complete.   The improvements will take place on Sunday to Thursday nights, 7pm to 6am, with no surfacing works taking place on Friday or Saturday nights.

 To keep everyone safe during the overnight works, the project will be carried out under an overnight road closure of the A82 due to the narrow road widths.   Traffic will be diverted via the A87 and A887 during the improvements.  All traffic management will be removed during the daytime.

Emergency services will be able to pass through the works at all times, and arrangements will be made for scheduled bus services and local access to be maintained when it is safe to pass through the working area.

Consultation has been carried out with the local community, local businesses, transport operators, hauliers, MSPs and the local authority to inform them of the project in advance and share details of traffic management arrangements.  

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “This £860,000 investment for this section of the A82 between Invergarry and Invermoriston will upgrade multiple areas of the route that were severely impacted by the harsh winter weather conditions experienced earlier this year.  

“We’ve looked at all possible options and the only way we can ensure the works are completed safely is to close the road – the carriageway is too narrow for us to escort traffic past the machinery used to resurface the road without any danger or risk.

“Earlier this month we reached out to the local community and stakeholders to gauge their opinion on proposals to carry out these works during the daytime, however we’ve listened to all feedback and have incorporated these views into the planning of this project.

“With the cooperation of our suppliers we’ve arranged to use alternative quarries that allows us to carry out the full project overnight, helping to keep disruption to a minimum.  This has increased the overall length of time required to complete the works but helps to reduce the impact to road users.

“The overnight closures are essential to keep everyone safe during the works, however we’ve taken steps to ensure that we’ll accommodate local access whenever it is safe to do so.

“Our teams will do all they can to complete the works as quickly and safely as possible, and we thank the local community and all road users for their patience in advance while we work on this project.”

These road improvements near Fort Augustus are part of a wider £24M programme of surfacing improvements across over 200 locations on the North West trunk road network for 2018.  A full programme of the surfacing repairs is available to download from the BEAR Scotland website at http://bit.ly/BEARScotRepairs, and an interactive map of the upcoming improvements is available at http://bit.ly/NWSurfacingMap.

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

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