Drivers skipping road works damage scenic road
A fed-up Gartocharn resident says careless drivers have caused “irreparable damage” to a scenic road while using it to avoid roadworks.
Harry Evans, who lives at Navy Mill Farm, in Duncryne Road, was horrified at the condition of the road leading to his house following two weekends of roadworks.
The fuming 84-year-old, who has lived on his farm for over 30 years, has criticised bosses at West Dunbartonshire Council and the national park for allowing the road to be used, and says the heavy traffic has caused serious damage to the rural road which is part of the John Muir Way.
Retired police officer Harry said: “All the council and the national park do is go on about how important it is to preserve rural areas of Loch Lomond and they have let these cars just destroy the road and the ground right along it. It looks an absolute disgrace.
“They should never have been allowed to use this road to drive through - it was just far too busy.
“We had lorries and cars towing caravans mounting the grass as noone could get past.”
Harry says he and his wife June, 78, even gave up trying to leave the house during the work as the volume of traffic on the small road was so bad it took him two hours to travel less than two miles.
He continued: “It was absolute carnage.
“There seems to have been no thought into the fact that heavy traffic is just not suitable for these roads.
“The damage is just ridiculous and it’s the cars coming through which have caused this.
“The volume of traffic was also an issue. It took me over an hour and a half to travel less than two miles to get my paper.
“I just never bothered leaving the house after that.”
Drivers were forced to use the smaller roads on the weekends of October 6 and 13 in order to facilitate the roadworks by the council on the A811 at Stirling Road, Balloch to Gartocharn.
Because of resurfacing, the road was closed from the from the A813 Carrochan Road to Stirling Council Boundary from 7pm until 6pm each day.
A West Dunbartonshire Council spokesman said: “We are sorry the resident was inconvenienced by these vital roadworks.
“Duncryne Road was not used as a signposted diversion route for these works, however, it may have been used by more drivers than normal.
“Defects on any of our roads will be repaired.”