End is in sight for Strone Point re­align­ment project

Argyllshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Colin Cameron ed­i­tor@ar­gyll­shire Ad­ver­tiser.co.uk

Work which started back in De­cem­ber to im­prove a no­to­ri­ous ac­ci­dent blackspot on the A83 is al­most fin­ished.

Hav­ing dealt with traf­fic lights at the site for six months, driv­ers may be will­ing to put up with two planned nights of com­plete road clo­sure next week af­ter it was an­nounced that the scheme should be com­plete in a few weeks.

The bend re­align­ment project on the trunk road at Strone Point, near In­ver­aray, be­gan with main con­trac­tor John Paul Con­struc­tion work­ing on the steep slope above the road to sta­bilise it.

A num­ber of fur­ther im­prove­ment works at ground level fol­lowed across the 360-me­tre long site, in­clud­ing the con­struc­tion of new car­riage­way, in­stal­la­tion of new drainage sys­tems, shore­side re­tain­ing wall con­struc­tion and in­stal­la­tion of new safety bar­rier and warn­ing signs.

These phases have all pro­gressed well in re­cent weeks, with the fi­nal ac­tiv­i­ties due to be com­pleted by mid July.

A fi­nal phase of overnight clo­sures will be needed while the road sur­face is laid, in­clud­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion of high fric­tion sur­fac­ing.

The overnight clo­sures are sched­uled to take place from Tues­day July 3 for two nights, 9pm to 5am each night. Road users will be sent on the usual lengthy di­ver­sion via the A819, A85 and the A82, although ac­cess will be main­tained for emer­gency ve­hi­cles.

Road­works at Strone Point should be fin­ished soon.

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