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A82 ACHINTORE ROAD, Fort William

From : 1st April 2019

To : 17th May 2019

Posted : 6th March 2019

Wednesday 1 May

Ongoing Coastal Defence Project for A82 Achintore Road in Fort William Beyond Half Way Mark

  • Nearby nesting birds mean additional week required to complete full programme

 

Good progress is being made in the ongoing Coastal Defence Project for the A82 Achintore Road in Fort William with teams beyond the half way point. 

The £465,000 project involves teams demolishing the previous coastal defence system that needed replacement following significant deterioration, with a new, upgraded coastal defence system rebuilt in its place.  Around 550 large concrete blocks, each weighing around 1.5 tonnes, will be fitted together like ‘giant lego’ and will form part of the new sea defences. 1,200 tonnes of rock armour will then be installed to help reduce the force of the tides on the new embankment and protect the A82. 

So far over 450 of the concrete blocks are in place, with around a third of the rock armour installed on the shore.  

Once the new coastal wall is built a new wider footway and safety barrier will be installed to help improve road safety. 

Teams have been working closely with ecological specialists during the construction stage of the project who have identified a southern area of embankment, away from the main works, where birds have chosen to nest.   Despite efforts made prior to construction to deter birds from nesting in the area following advice from environmental advisors, the presence of nesting birds has meant all access into the area is restricted during the incubation period.  This means the overall project will require an additional week in order to complete the full construction, with the work expected to be completed by Friday 17 May.

Temporary traffic lights remain in place to help protect roadworkers and also keep motorists at a safe distance from the rebuilding of the sea wall.  The traffic lights are manually operated during peak periods to help minimise disruption to road users. 

The lights will be removed and the A82 reinstated temporarily during the Fort William Six Day Trials Event between 6 – 11 May to help ensure there is minimal impact to road users.

Commenting on the project, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “Our teams have made good progress with the coastal defence project at Achintore Road, with the majority of the concrete blocks now installed and teams making a good start on installing the rock armour across the front of the new sea wall.

“We take our commitment to the environment very seriously, and we’ve been working closely with ecological specialists who have advised us to set up an environmental exclusion zone to the south of the sea wall where nesting birds are present.    This has unfortunately meant the project has been extended a week to allow the birds to nest undisturbed and move on in their own time before we return to complete the final area of the sea wall. 

“In the meantime, we’ll continue to build the remaining sections of the sea wall away from the environmental exclusion zone at the end of the work site, and once completed we’ll install the new footway and safety barrier along the top of the new coastal defence system. 

“The temporary traffic lights are essential to keep our teams safe, with any queues being closely monitored and the signals operated manually during peak periods to ensure disrupted is kept to a minimum. 

“We thank road users and the local community for their patience while we work to complete this project on Achintore Road, and we ask them to follow any temporary traffic signals or road signs that are in place for their safety as well as that or our teams.”

 

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Tuesday 2 April

 

A82 Achintore Road Coastal Defence Project gets underway in Fort William

  • Teams begin construction for six weeks

 

A coastal defence project worth £465,000 to re-construct the sea-wall next to the A82 at Achintore Road in Fort William is underway following a successful consultation with the local community.

The project, which began this week, involves demolishing the existing coastal defence system which is showing signs of significant deterioration, and rebuilding a new, upgraded 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 coastal erosion, ensuring the A82 carriageway and footway remains fully supported.

In addition, a new wider footway and safety barrier will also be installed to help improve road safety along this stretch of the route.

The project is expected to take up to six weeks to complete. 

To keep roadworkers as well as motorists safe, temporary traffic lights will remain in place continuously throughout the project.  The lights will be manually operated during peak periods to help ensure any disruption is minimised, and traffic lights will be removed over the public holidays at the Easter weekend (19-22 April) and the Six Day Trials Event in Fort William (6-11 May). 

Consultation with the local community, local businesses, the local authority and other stakeholders was completed last month, with stakeholders invited to a drop-in session to receive more information about the project and speak with representatives from BEAR Scotland.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We’re pleased to begin this £465,000 coastal defence project for the A82 at Achintore Road in Fort William next week which will help ensure this section of the route is protected and strengthened against the coastal erosion for years to come.

“The current system is showing signs of significant deterioration, and by acting now we can ensure the integrity of the A82 can be maintained and avoid a larger, more costly and disruptive embankment repair in the future.

“Our teams will do everything possible to ensure disruption is minimised during the project including manually operating the traffic signals and working to ensure traffic management can be removed over Easter Weekend and ahead of the Fort William Six Day Trails Event in mid-May.

“We would like to thank the local community for the feedback received during the consultation process and for taking the opportunity to work with us in planning how we deliver these essential works.”

To learn more about the design and engineering behind the A82 Achintore Coastal Defence project click here to view a short video with one of BEAR Scotland’s Engineering team.  

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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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