Pub­lic asked for views on trunk road bar­rier re­pairs

Argyllshire Advertiser - - News - Colin Cameron ed­i­tor@ar­gyll­shiread­ver­tiser.co.uk

THE pub­lic are be­ing asked when the A82 on Loch Lomond­side should be shut to traf­fic for es­sen­tial re­pairs.

A crash bar­rier south of In­veru­glas was dam­aged in April af­ter a lorry crashed through it. The HGV car­ried on down a steep bank and came to rest at the loch edge. This re­sulted in a sec­tion of bar­rier break­ing free from the verge and ex­pos­ing a drop into the loch be­low.

While no-one was in­jured in the in­ci­dent, tem­po­rary traf­fic lights have been in place since May for the safety of road users un­til such time as the bar­rier can be re­placed.

Risk as­sess­ments have de­ter­mined that day­time road clo­sures are re­quired to com­plete the work safely due to the ge­og­ra­phy of the lo­ca­tion – the nar­row verge, steep over­grown em­bank­ment, drop into loch and the need to work on the slope it­self to in­stall the foun­da­tion for the bar­rier.

Trunk road man­age­ment com­pany BEAR Scot­land is invit­ing pub­lic feedback on pro­pos­als which could see the work car­ried out from Mon­day November 6 to Tues­day November 21, be­tween 8am and 7pm, on week­days only. Emer­gency ser­vices, pub­lic buses and lo­cal ac­cess would be main­tained through­out the clo­sure points, with all other traf­fic di­verted via the A83, A819, A85 and A82 dur­ing work­ing hours.

Mak­ing the most of the road clo­sure, BEAR Scot­land is propos­ing to un­der­take an £885,000 pack­age of road main­te­nance schemes at the same time, in­clud­ing up to 4km of resur­fac­ing projects to im­prove the run­ning sur­face and road grip; ma­jor drainage works be­tween Tar­bet and In­veru­glas; the in­stal­la­tion of new safety bar­rier re­flec­tors; road sign re­place­ment and re­pairs; land­scap­ing cut-back works; 26km of road mark­ings; and other mi­nor road re­pairs.

Feedback on the pro­pos­als can be shared through a ded­i­cated email ad­dress, A82SouthCon­sul­ta­tion@bearscot­land.co.uk, with plans about the scheme avail­able on wwww. bearscot.com.

Flash­back to the lorry crash in April – when the driver had a nar­row es­cape.

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