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The Gallery | Work to stabilise A890 rockfall fast tracked

More than 40 people from TRAC Engineering are working around the clock to stabilise rock face on the A890 Stromeferry bypass near Kyle in Scotland under a contract let by the Highland Council.

The section of road has been closed since a rock fall partially blocked the road on 22 December last year with further falls on 31 December. Highland Council put out the call for tenders on 12 January and let the contract to TRAC less than two weeks later with work starting on site within days of the award.

The primary aim of TRAC’s work is to reduce the risk of rock falls at the site but the Highland Council has also commissioned the company to remove the risk of rock and debris fall at other areas along the route.

Motorists have been saved from a 225km diversion during the closure through car and passenger ferries being put into service across the Strome Narrows. Additional rail services along the line that skirts the route of the road have also been added.

Work has focused on stabilising the rock face in a bid to allow the road to partially reopen during the day while work on scaling of loose rock and installation of rock anchors, rock bolting and high capacity tensioned netting continues at night.

The Highland Council has said that it is looking at long term options to safeguard the route against further rock falls with options such as a new bridge across the Strome Narrows, a new bypass and extension of avalanche shelters being considered.

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