Work to im­prove safety on dan­ger­ous road com­plete

Pro­ject: Road widened and vis­i­bil­ity im­proved on no­to­ri­ous sec­tion of A83

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY RITA CAMP­BELL

An ac­ci­dent black spot in Ar­gyll has un­der­gone £1.6 mil­lion worth of safety im­prove­ments.

Strone Point at In­ver­aray on the A83 Tar­bet to Camp­bel­town road has been the site of a num­ber of fa­tal and se­ri­ous crashes over the years.

Now a ma­jor pro­ject has been com­pleted to make the road safer and aerial footage of the work by Loch Fyne has been re­leased.

Part of the car­riage­way was re­aligned and a sec­tion of the hill­side scaled back, widen­ing the road and im­prov­ing driver vis­i­bil­ity.

Drainage sys­tems have been up­graded to im­prove re­silience in wet con­di­tions, and new safety bar­ri­ers and bike guards have also been in­stalled.

Trans­port, in­fra­struc­ture and con­nec­tiv­ity min­is­ter Michael Mathe­son said: “The sec­tion of the A83 at Strone Point on Loch Fyne is sin­gle car­riage­way with a his­tory of fa­tal and se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents. This pro­ject has made it safer by open­ing up the width of the road and im­prov­ing driver vis­i­bil­ity around the tight bend.

“The work has also al­lowed us to in­stall new safety bar­ri­ers and im­prove drainage, sig­nage and road mark­ings at the same time.

“More than 6,000 tonnes of ma­te­rial has been re­moved from the nearby slope and spe­cial­ist mesh and mat­ting in­stalled. This will im­prove the slope’s sta­bil­ity and help to pre­vent de­bris fall­ing on to the car­riage­way.

“The A83 is the gate­way to Ar­gyll and Bute and we recog­nise its strate­gic im­por­tance. This pro­ject is one of a se­ries of on­go­ing ini­tia­tives on the road, un­der­lin­ing the Scot­tish Govern­ment’s com­mit­ment to main­tain­ing that vi­tal link for lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses.”

An­other trou­ble spot on the A83 not far from Strone Point is the Rest and Be Thank­ful, which is prone to land­slides.

It is the high­est point on the road, sep­a­rat­ing Glen Kin­glas from Glen Croe, and one of the places in Scot­land with the high­est risk of land­slides. The hazard has in­creased in re­cent years due to the fre­quency of heavy, in­tense and pro­longed pe­ri­ods of rain­fall.

Land­slides have closed the road on many oc­ca­sions and Trans­port Scot­land car­ried out a se­ries of mit­i­ga­tion works.

TREACH­ER­OUS: There have been a num­ber of se­ri­ous and fa­tal crashes on the A83 Tar­bet to Camp­bel­town road at Strone Point by Loch Fyne

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