Weather prevents work to stabilise A83 landslide hill

A83 landslide March 5 2014 inspectionWork to stabilise the hillside above the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful,closed since Wednesday evening,did not go ahead on Saturday,March 8,because of poor weather.

BEAR Scotland,maintenance contractors for the trunk road,said it had ‘not been possible for our geotechnical engineers and specialist subcontractors to access the hillside to assess the risks of loose material and make safe boulders’.

‘While much of this equipment was already in the vicinity,as the area of the slip is one of the latest to be receiving treatment through the erection of further debris fences,this has been enhanced by further materials and resources to be used as necessary to conclude these stabilisation works as quickly and safely as possible,’ said a spokeswoman for BEARScotland.

The equipment was due to be airlifted to the hillside as soon as possible. It was hoped this would be on Sunday,March 9,as soon as the weather cleared sufficiently.

‘Improved weather is expected and as soon as this allows the helicopter,which remains on standby,to be used to access the boulders on the hillside with the appropriate plant,a process of making them safe will commence.

‘At this stage it is anticipated that this will take two days to complete. It is expected that the operation of the Old Military Road will continue in a similar pattern throughout this period,’ she added.A83 landslide March 5 2014 hillside

The Old Military Road,which has been acting as a diversion during daylight hours since Thursday,has been closed at night for safety reasons,re-opening each day at 7am.

‘Use of the Old Military Road local diversion route has again been a success,keeping traffic flowing under a traffic signal convoy system and keeping Argyll open for business,’ said the spokeswoman and thanked motorists for their patience.

‘We are making every effort to resolve matters and get the A83 back to full operation at the earliest opportunity.’

Alternative diversion to Old Military Road:A82/ A85 / A819:Westbound Turn right onto the A82 at Tarbet and follow the road until Crianlarich –Turn left onto A82 and continue until Tyndrum –Turn left onto the A85 and continue until Dalmally –Turn left onto A819 and follow the road until Inveraray. Thereafter follow permanent signing. Distance:58.8 miles. Eastbound At Inveraray,turn left onto the A819 then follow the road until Dalmally –Turn right onto the A85 and continue until Tyndrum –Turn right onto the A82 and follow the road to Crianlarich –Turn right onto A82 and follow the road until Tarbet. Distance:58.8 miles.

For more news from Mid Argyll,see the Argyllshire Advertiser every Friday and on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

A83 re-opens following Butterbridge landslide

Butterbridge landslideThe A83 re-opened on Monday February 24 following a landslide a Butterbridge around midday on Sunday February 23.

However,traffic lights continue to be in place and further short closures were expected during Monday.

This was to allow the removal of a  large boulder on the slope above  causing a damming effect and holding back further debris material.

A specialist contractor in conjunction with BEAR Scotland’s Geotechnical team  completed a preliminary design on Sunday evening and from early morning saw the finalising of the placement of charges to the boulder to allow a controlled procedure to be undertaken.

Bear Scotland warned that the operation to remove the boulder would require the road to be completely closed  with a controlled cordon set up .

An inspection of the slope will be undertaken  to establish stability and if required the carriageway swept of any debris prior to opening.

butterbridge landslide4The debris poured on to the road around midday on Sunday and BEAR Scotland were able to call on  Argyll-based contractors from Lochgilphead to  remove the debris and reshape the drainage ditches.

This was helped by the removal of the debris from site to a local approved disposal area enabling a quick turnaround of lorries.

The slip  occurred at a location which would not be remedied by use of the Old military Road.

Trunk roads contractors BEAR Scotland thanked the community in Argyll and Bute for their assistance during this incident including the sharing and distribution of information to their own wider contact groups through social media etc to spread the message that Argyll and Bute is open for business.

Diversions  are as follows when the road is closed:
Westbound Turn right onto the A82 at Tarbet and follow the road until Crianlarich –Turn left onto A82 and continue until Tyndrum –Turn left onto the A85 and continue until Dalmally –Turn left onto A819 and follow the road until Inveraray. Thereafter follow permanent signing. Distance:58.8 miles. Eastbound At Inveraray,turn left onto the A819 then follow the road until Dalmally –Turn right onto the A85 and continue until Tyndrum –Turn right onto the A82 and follow the road to Crianlarich –Turn right onto A82 and follow the road until Tarbet. Distance:58.8 miles.

For more news from Mid Argyll,see the Argyllshire Advertiser every Friday,also available on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

 

No pedestrian crossings for Ardrishaig and Tarbert

A83 crossingsSurveys carried out in Ardrishaig and Tarbert have shown that neither village meets Transport Scotland’s criteria for having designated pedestrian crossings –a key point in the Sign for the A83 campaign.

For the full story see the Argyllshire Advertiser,January 10 2014,also available on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Eight months’work still on Rest and Be Thankful

rest-and-be-thankful-alternative-routeWORKS to minimise the threat of a landslide closing the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful should be complete in eight months,Transport Scotland has said.

The national roads authority has said drainage works and increased vegetation will be planted on the hillside in the coming months in a bid to reduce the threat of landslides and,if they occur,prevent the debris from reaching the road.

See more details in the Argyllshire Advertiser,September 13 2013 and on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Stranded couple spend two nights in car

a83-drifting-and-high-windsA couple trying to return to Southend on Kintyre after Friday’s blizzards slept in their car for two nights in a Tarbert car park while waiting for the A83 road to be cleared.

Read their story and more in the Argyllshire Advertiser,March 29 2013 or on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Two passengers die in van and lorry collision near Cairndow

policeTwo men have died following a road crash on the A83 near to Cairndow on Tuesday 12 February 2013. Continue reading Two passengers die in van and lorry collision near Cairndow

Landslip debris closes A83 at the Rest

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A83 landslide at the Rest and Be Thankful. Photo Scotland Transerv

The A83 is closed in both directions at the Rest and Be Thankful because of another landslide –at least the fourth time in a year that a landslide or threat of one has closed the road. Continue reading Landslip debris closes A83 at the Rest

Movement on landowner agreement in A83 diversion works

a83-landslide-020812Following on from the Argyllshire Advertiser’s inquiries about the delays in creating a  diversion at the Rest and Be Thankful on the A83  Transport Scotland announced on Thursday November 15 2012 that a major step forward had been taken in the project to provide an emergency route should the  Rest and Be Thankful be closed. Continue reading Movement on landowner agreement in A83 diversion works

Speed limit changes don’t go far enough

A review into speed limits on roads across Argyll,including the troubled A83,has had a mixed response from people in Loch Fyne’s villages. Continue reading Speed limit changes don’t go far enough

Action promised after turbine lorry crash

06_a38turbine02Steps will be taken to ensure there is ‘no more repeat’of an accident that closed the A83 for 19 hours,transport authorities have said. Continue reading Action promised after turbine lorry crash

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