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A82 GLENCOE, A82 Allt Fhiodhan Bridge

From : 6th May 2019

To : 8th November 2019

Posted : 2nd May 2019

NEW £1.5M PROJECT TO REPLACE BRIDGE IN SCENIC GLENCOE

A82 Allt Fhiodhan Bridge, Glencoe.

Work starts Monday 6 May for up to six months

Temporary two-way bridge to be built to ensure A82 remains open in both directions 

 

A new £1.5M project has been commissioned by Transport Scotland that will involve the replacement of an existing sub-standard bridge, which supports the A82 near Glencoe, Ballachulish.

Work to replace the existing bridge, located approximately one kilometre southeast of Glencoe village, will begin on Monday 6 May for up to six months.  The new, wider box culvert structure will carry the trunk road over the Allt Fhiodhan burn which flows into the River Coe.  

The existing bridge is in poor condition and showing signs of continuing deterioration, meaning that it needs to be replaced for the safety of road users. The replacement structure has been designed to last for 120 years, with the structure widened by over 6m in total.   New safety barriers will also be installed to  improve road user safety.  

The new structure will be wide enough to incorporate a footway and the existing footpath from the Glencoe Visitor Centre and nearby camp site to Glencoe Village will be realigned over the new bridge.  An existing timber footbridge, which is located further upstream and is in poor condition, will be demolished once the new footpath alignment is complete.

The materials that have been selected for the new structure will assist in minimising future maintenance requirements.   

Once complete approximately 1,200 tonnes of rock armour will be installed around the new structure to protect the foundation and the river banks from any potential wash-out during high river flows.  A new, greener embankment will also be created using an innovative technique known as ‘willow spiling’. This involves planting willow saplings into the bank in two tiers before the plants are woven together into a terrace formation helping to create a new, strong natural river bank downstream of the new structure.

The project needs to be carried out through the summer months to avoid any disturbance in the stream during the sensitive salmon spawning season later in the year.

To allow the installation of the new culvert to take place, a temporary two-way diversion road will be constructed next to the site, allowing road users to safely continue their journeys on the A82 with minimal impact during the project. A reduced speed limit of 30mph will be implemented for the safety of road workers and motorists throughout the project.  Temporary traffic lights will be used to control the flow of traffic whilst the temporary road is constructed.

Consultation has been carried out with local businesses, emergency services and the local authority to inform them of the project and the traffic management arrangements that will be in place.

Commenting on the project, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “This £1.5 million project is vital in ensuring the A82 trunk road remains a safe, reliable route to towns and villages in the north west of Scotland. Our teams have designed the project to include a temporary two-way diversion road, ensuring the A82 remains open throughout this major project and disruption is minimised.

“The new bridge will mean a stronger, wider, reliable structure for years to come along the route, with a new footpath alignment installed for pedestrians travelling between the Glencoe Visitor Centre and nearby campsite to Glencoe village.  

 “We take our commitment to working with the environment very seriously, and we need to carry out this project during the summer to avoid impacting on the salmon spawning season. Our teams will however do all they can to complete the project as quickly and safely as possible, and work to minimise disruption wherever they can.  

“We encourage all road users to take account of information shown on temporary traffic signs to ensure their own safety and that of our construction teams and remind them to plan ahead and leave some extra time before they travel.” 

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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