Lar­gy­beg road­works fin­ish ahead of time

The Arran Banner - - News -

A ma­jor project to re­solve a long-stand­ing prob­lem for Ar­ran driv­ers has been com­pleted ahead of sched­ule.

Due to the na­ture of the lo­cal land­scape, a sec­tion of the C147 coastal road south of Whit­ing Bay had his­tor­i­cally been at risk of fall­ing rocks, par­tic­u­larly in poor weather.

Fol­low­ing a sus­tained pe­riod of cold and wet con­di­tions just be­fore Christ­mas last year, the rock face ad­ja­cent to the road near Lar­gy­beg be­came un­sta­ble, forc­ing a tem­po­rary clo­sure of the route un­til emer­gency slope sta­bil­i­sa­tion works could be un­der­taken by a spe­cial­ist con­trac­tor.

North Ayr­shire Coun­cil’s Road team car­ried out an ex­ten­sive sur­vey to find a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to the prob­lem, re­sult­ing in a spe­cial­ist con­trac­tor be­ing ap­pointed to un­der­take the nec­es­sary works.

Work got un­der way ear­lier this month to re­move the large boul­ders over­look­ing the road as well as ad­di­tional works on the rock face it­self.

The pro­gramme for the work was an­tic­i­pated to take six evenings un­der a full road clo­sure, how­ever the work was com­pleted within three evenings, min­imis­ing in­con­ve­nience to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Coun­cil­lor Jim Mont­gomerie, cab­i­net mem­ber for place, said: ‘This was a com­plex en­gi­neer­ing project to deal with an is­sue which has plagued the lo­cal com­mu­nity for many years.

‘I’m sure both lo­cal res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to the is­land will be de­lighted to see the work car­ried out, im­prov­ing the long-term safety of those who use the route.

‘It’s par­tic­u­larly pleas­ing that the project was car­ried out with the min­i­mum of in­con­ve­nience and fin­ished well ahead of sched­ule.

‘This is the sec­ond ma­jor roads project to be com­pleted on Ar­ran within the past few weeks, fol­low­ing on from the work to re­build the re­tain­ing wall on the A841 near the ferry ter­mi­nal so I’d like to thank the Roads team for their ef­forts as well as the pub­lic for their pa­tience while these projects were car­ried out.’

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