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A82 ACHINTORE ROAD, Fort William

From : 1st April 2019

To : 17th May 2019

Posted : 6th March 2019

Wednesday 20 March


**UPDATE:  £465,000 A82 Achintore Road Coastal Defence project to begin in April**


The £465,000 Achintore Road Coastal Defence Project for the A82 near Fort William is set to begin on Monday 1 April following a successful consultation with the local community.

The project, which is expected to take up to six weeks to complete, will involve demolition of the existing coastal defence system, which is showing signs of significant deterioration, and construction of a new defence system. Around 550 concrete blocks each weighing 1.5 tonnes as well as approximately 1,200 tonnes of rock armour will be installed along the shore to strengthen and protect the embankment from future erosion, ensuring the A82 carriageway and footway remains fully supported.  

All stakeholders have been informed of the plans and teams will do all they can to complete the project as quickly and safely as possible.

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New £465,000 Coastal Defence Project announced on A82 Achintore Road, Fort William

Project to begin in April and take around six weeks to complete

Public information session to be held Tuesday 12 March

 

A new coastal defence project worth £465,000 for the sea-wall next to the A82 at Achintore Road in Fort William has been announced with plans in place to begin construction next month.

The project, which is expected to take up to six weeks to complete, will involve demolition of the existing coastal defence system, which is showing signs of significant deterioration, and construction of a new defence system. Around 550 concrete blocks each weighing 1.5 tonnes as well as approximately 1,200 tonnes of rock armour will be installed along the shore to strengthen and protect the embankment from future erosion, ensuring the A82 carriageway and footway remains fully supported.  

As part of the project a wider footway will also be constructed with new safety barrier installed next to the A82, helping to improve road safety on this stretch of the route.  

The project is currently planned to begin from Monday 1 April to avoid further deterioration of the existing coastal defence system from the tides against the sea wall.  To keep roadworkers as well as motorists safe during the works, temporary traffic lights will be in place during the project.   The lights will be manually operated during peak periods during the daytime to help minimise disruption, and traffic lights will be removed over the public holidays at the Easter weekend (19-22 April) and the Six Day Trials Event (6-11 May).  

Consultation is underway with key stakeholders to inform them of the project and take on board any feedback. 

To help share information about the project in advance, a drop-in session is due to take place on Tuesday 12 March at the Highland Council Offices in the Charles Kennedy Building in Fort William.  The drop-in will take place from 3pm to 4.30pm for elected members, community council representatives or local authority teams, with a second session from 4.30pm to 6pm in place for business owners or any members of the public looking to find out more.    

Commenting on the improvements, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “This essential £465,000 project will upgrade the current coastal defence system at this location in Fort William which is currently displaying signs of significant deterioration. 

“By carrying out these works at the earliest opportunity in April, the integrity of the A82 here will be maintained and a potential costly and disruptive failure of the embankment which supports the road will be avoided.

“We’re aware that projects of this nature can cause disruption however our teams are planning various mitigation measures, such as manual control of traffic signals and avoiding working over public holidays, to ensure delays are minimised as much as possible.  

“At this stage of the planning of this project, we are keen to hear the thoughts of the local community and businesses and would encourage people to get in touch with us or attend the public drop in session in Fort William on Tuesday 12 March. 

“Following this consultation period, we will review the proposed disruption mitigation measures with Transport Scotland to ensure that concerns are covered before deciding the next steps.”

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