Con­nel Bridge and A828 closed at night

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

Con­nel Bridge and the A828 south of Bar­cal­dine have been closed overnight this week for resur­fac­ing and re­pairs worth £385,000, af­ter a ve­hi­cle struck the bridge’s over­head beams.

Driv­ers are fac­ing a 42-mile di­ver­sion as 2.5km of the A828 be­tween Bar­cal­dine and Ben­der­loch is closed at night un­til Fri­day November 16, when it re­opens, and Con­nel Bridge is closed at night un­til Tues­day, November 13.

BEAR Scot­land said due to Con­nel Bridge’s sin­gle lane, and re­stricted road widths at the area of resur­fac­ing on the A828, both pro­jects re­quired road clo­sures for safety.

A spokesper­son said last week: ‘The A828 will be closed overnight be­tween Ben­der­loch and Bar­cal­dine from November 4-15, be­tween 7pm and 5.45am.

‘On the A85 at Con­nel and A82 at Bal­lachul­ish, a signed 42-mile di­ver­sion route will be in place via the A82 and A85 for road users trav­el­ling be­tween Con­nel and Bal­lachul­ish.

‘Short amnesties will be in place to al­low road users re­quir­ing ac­cess to prop­er­ties ac­cessed from the A828 to be safely es­corted through the work site at ap­prox­i­mately 8.30pm, 9.30pm, 11.30pm, 1.30am and 3.30am.

‘Road users should note that, al­though no sur­fac­ing works will take place overnight on Fri­day and Satur­day, November 9 and 10, clo­sures will still be in place on the A828 be­tween 10pm and 5.45am for es­sen­tial bridge main­te­nance at Con­nel Bridge.

‘From 10pm on Tues­day November 6 to Mon­day November 12, lo­cal ac­cess will be avail­able from Bal­lachul­ish only, due to works be­ing in place on Con­nel Bridge.

‘The signed di­ver­sion route will be in place on those dates.

‘Ac­cess for emer­gency ser­vices will be main­tained at all times. The A828 Con­nel Bridge will be closed from Tues­day November 6 for seven nights for es­sen­tial bridge main­te­nance.

‘With the ex­cep­tion of emer­gency ser­vices, no traf­fic will be al­lowed to cross the bridge dur­ing this work, there­fore any road users re­quir­ing ac­cess to prop­er­ties via the A828 will re­quire to do so from Bal­lachul­ish.

‘Ac­cess for pedes­tri­ans across Con­nel Bridge will be main­tained through­out the project but will be es­corted through the site only when it is safe to do.’

Ed­die Ross, BEAR Scot­land’s north-west unit rep­re­sen­ta­tive, said: ‘Through com­bin­ing Con­nel Bridge re­pair work and planned sur­fac­ing im­prove­ments south of Bar­cal­dine, we aim to re­duce over­all dis­rup­tion to mo­torists and lo­cal res­i­dents while max­imis­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity.’

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