Scottish transport minister Derek Mackay was on site yesterday to see the start of work by Transport Scotland’s term maintenance contractor Bear Scotland and Breedon Aggregates to replace a landslide damaged section of the A82 near Glen Goy.
“The Scottish government is fully committed to improving the trunk road network to support our economy and this latest investment in the A82 will further improve the transport infrastructure in the North West of Scotland,” said Mackay.
Traffic management has been in place at Glenfintaig since November 2011 when a fallen tree damaged the road embankment resulting in the collapse of a 13m long, 5m wide section of the road surface into the river 18m below. Temporary works to the slope were carried out immediately after the failure before the road was reopened with traffic light controls.
Closure of the road was not considered a viable option so the current work involves a 300m offline realignment of the route, which will also remove two tight bends on the narrow section of the route.
“A great deal of preparation has been done in advance of today and Transport Scotland and its contractors have been working hard to find a way of carrying out this improvement project without having to completely close the road,” said Mackay during his visit.
“They have achieved that goal and the area will remain open for business during construction, with the A82 back to full running ahead of the summer tourism season. Huge thanks have to go to the communities along the route for their patience while the investigation work has been on-going to allow us to get to this stage.”
The work is expected to be completed in May 2015.