Difficult ground conditions encountered during the last phase of piling work by McLaughlin & Harvey for a new viaduct on the £9.2M Pulpit Rock Improvement scheme has led to the overnight closures on the route being extended.
The next phase of overnight closures for the piling operation between 10pm and 6am are due to start on 4 November and were only planned to last five days but the closures will now be extended to 16 November.
“It is unfortunate that we have had to extend this set of overnight closures, but in doing so this will enable the contractor to undertake some of the most critical work prior to constructing the main road deck section of the new viaduct in 2014,” said Transport Scotland project manager Dominic Murphy. “Recent difficulties with the ground conditions reinforce the unique topographical and geological challenges faced at this location.
“However, we have been working closely with the contractor to develop and implement an innovative approach to the construction that allows us to keep the road open each day while the works are underway. We will continue to work with the Contractor to minimise disruption as far as possible in delivering these improvements.”