Work 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.
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.
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