Public asked for views on trunk road barrier repairs
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.