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A82 NORTH OF DRUMNADROCHIT

From : 4th February 2019

To : 15th April 2019

Posted : 28th January 2019

£500,000 Rock Slope Improvements

A82 Wellington Layby, north of Drumnadrochit

Works start Monday 4 February for 10 weeks

 

A project to stabilise two sections of rock slope opposite Loch Ness at Wellington Layby on the A82 near Drumnadrochit is due to get underway next week.  

The £500,000 project will see around 1,150 tonnes of rock removed from the rock-face next to the roadside, with specialist netting and bolts installed across the rock to secure and stabilise the slope.  This will help ensure that this section of the trunk road remains safe for road users and that the embankment is protected from debris reaching the roadside.  

The project is due to start on Monday 4 February and is expected to take up to 10 weeks to complete.  The improvements will be carried out between 8am and 5pm with work taking place seven days a week to ensure the project is completed as quickly as possible to reduce the impact on motorists and ensure the works are finished ahead of the summer months. 

To keep roadworkers as well as motorists safe a 10mph convoy system will be in operation during the project, however when safe to do so and outside of working hours this will be replaced with a temporary traffic light system.

Consultation for the rock slope stabilisation works has taken place with stakeholders including the local authority, transport operators and local businesses to make them aware of the planned improvements.

Commenting on the project, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s Representative for the North West, said: “This latest investment to the A82 will help increase road safety by removing around 1,150 tonnes of rock from the slope above the roadside and then securing it with wire netting to prevent any further debris reaching the carriageway.

“We’ll have teams working continuously during the project however for safety reasons we can’t carry out these works overnight.  We’ve arranged for the A82 to remain open throughout the project and scheduled the works to be completed ahead of the busier summer season.  

“The traffic management arrangements in place are essential to ensure everyone is kept safe during the works, and our teams will do all they can to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible.

“We’d encourage motorists to plan their journeys in advance and check the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information before setting off.”

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

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