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A82 RIVER RIGH CYCLE BRIDGE

From : 26th August 2019

To : 21st October 2019

Posted : 23rd August 2019

NEW CYCLE BRIDGE SET TO BE INSTALLED ACROSS RIVER RIGH NEXT TO A82 NEAR CORRAN

Cycle bridge will connect NCN78 cycle path and improve safety

Project to begin Monday 26 August

 

A new pedestrian and cyclist bridge is set to be installed next to the A82 near Corran which will carry the NCN78 across the River Righ.  

This popular section of the NCN78 cycleway connects North Ballachulish to the Corran Ferry in Nether Lochaber.   The installation of the cycle bridge over the River Righ is the latest feature of the cycle path upgrades, linking the two new sections of the path across the river.

Once complete the project will help provide better sustainable transport facilities in the area as well as improving pedestrian and cyclist safety on the popular route.  

The project, which has been developed using funding from Sustrans, will get underway from Monday 26 August and is expected to take up to eight weeks to complete.  As the project involves working across River Righ, there are strict environmental restrictions in place which prevent the teams from working during the salmon spawning season in winter, meaning the project needs to be completed during the summer months.  

Temporary traffic lights will be in place throughout the project to protect roadworkers as well as road users while the work is underway.   A large crane will be required to lift the new cycle bridge into position across the River Righ towards the end of the project.  For safety, the road will need to be closed overnight as the crane will be positioned in the centre of the carriageway to allow safe access.  This is provisionally programmed for Saturday 5 October between 11pm and 6am however the final date will be confirmed as the project progresses.  A diversion will be in place via the A85, A9 and A86 during working hours. 

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative, said:  “We’re pleased to install the new cycle bridge across the River Righ, creating a much safer crossing for pedestrians and cyclists of the NCN78 between North Ballachulish and Corran Ferry.

“This project helps provide better sustainable transport facilities, increase cyclist and pedestrian safety and helps promote local tourism in the area. 

“The traffic management is essential to ensure we can safely complete this project.  We need to close the road for one night to safely lower the bridge into position once all other works are completed, however we’ll aim to complete this as quickly and safely as possible to keep disruption to a minimum. 

“We thank road users for their patience in advance while we complete this stage of the NCN78 upgrade, and encourage motorists to plan their journeys in advance by checking Traffic Scotland for up to date journey information and leaving some extra time to reach their destination.”

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

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