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A828 CONNEL BRIDGE

From : 27th November 2019

To : 28th February 2020

Posted : 21st November 2019

New access platform to be installed under A828 Connel Bridge

 

Works start Wednesday 27 November

 

A temporary access platform will be installed to the underside of A828 Connel Bridge, five miles north east of Oban, starting next week. 

The platform will allow BEAR Scotland engineers to safely carry out essential inspections and maintenance works on behalf of Transport Scotland.  The platform, which will hang beneath the bridge deck, will stretch the full length of the bridge and will allow engineers to survey and closely inspect the bridge for detailed design and planning of future maintenance projects.  Essential maintenance works will also be completed whilst the access platform is in place.

The installation is set to begin on Wednesday 27 November and will take up to three months to complete. 

For the safety of the public and the workforce, the eastbound lane of the A85, underneath the bridge, will be closed intermittently under traffic light control. It is anticipated that traffic lights will be used for three days a week as required. From here, platform components will be unloaded and will begin to be installed from the south end of the bridge, moving north. The traffic lights will remain in operation as required until the project is complete.

BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative, Eddie Ross said: “The installation of this platform will allow engineers safe access to plan for future maintenance works and also carry out essential surveys and repairs to this iconic bridge in Connel.

“Our teams will do all they can to minimise disruption as much as possible during this project, and we’ll look to complete the installation as quickly and safely as we can. 

“We encourage road users to plan ahead by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date journey information.”

Real-time journey planning information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org or twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.   

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