Fifty-five mile di­ver­sion plan

Lennox Herald - - NEWS -

Mo­torists could face a 55mile di­ver­sion amid plans to close part of the A82 after a safety bar­rier was dam­aged near Loch Lomond.

Bear Scot­land wants to shut the ma­jor road be­tween Tar­bet and Cri­an­larich over two weeks in Novem­ber.

The pro­pos­als would see traf­fic di­verted through the A83, A819, A85 and A82 for a range of works to be car­ried out.

The £885,000 pro­gramme will also see a list of other road im­prove­ments take place, in­clud­ing road resur­fac­ing, up­grades to white line mark­ings, drainage works and road sign re­place­ments and re­pairs.

Tem­po­rary traf­fic lights have been in place on the road since a lorry went through the bar­rier near a hol­i­day park in May.

The HGV went down the em­bank­ment and was stopped from en­ter­ing the loch by a tree, about 3ft from the wa­ter’s edge.

North West rep­re­sen­ta­tive for BEAR Scot­land Ed­die Ross said: “We only ever close roads when it is es­sen­tial. In this case the bar­rier that needs to be re­placed is so close to the loch and is in such a re­stricted space that it is un­safe for our teams to work there with heavy ma­chin­ery at night time.

“This means day­time work­ing is the only op­tion.

”We’ve taken steps to avoid work­ing over the sum­mer and Oc­to­ber hol­i­days, when traf­fic flows are gen­er­ally busier.”

Works are planned to take place over 12 days be­tween Mon­day, Novem­ber 6 and Tues­day, Novem­ber 21, 8am to 7pm, week­days only.

Bear Scot­land has launched a con­sul­ta­tion on the pro­pos­als for res­i­dents and busi­nesses. Feed­back can be sent to: A82 South Con­sul­ta­tion bearscot­

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