A83 road works under way

BEAR is carrying out roadworks at four locations on the A83 in Kintyre, including between Bellochantuy and Glenbarr.
BEAR is carrying out roadworks at four locations on the A83 in Kintyre, including between Bellochantuy and Glenbarr.

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The first phase of a £30,000 project to install road safety barriers along the A83 at Butterbridge, north of the Rest and Be Thankful, got under way this week.

The project will take place between 7am and 7pm each day, with work expected to take up to three weeks, although none will take place over weekends.

Contractors BEAR Scotland, acting on behalf of Transport Scotland, said it would install approximately 300 metres of new safety barriers connected to the existing barriers in line with the bridge.

The project has been designed to provide a safer journey for road users and is part of continuing investment in road safety on the A83 by Transport Scotland, said BEAR Scotland.

To ensure the safety of road workers and motorists, temporary traffic lights and a 30 mile per hour speed limit will be in place during working hours, it said.

The second phase of the project will take place next year and will involve teams carrying out drainage improvements and installing more road safety barriers.

Eddie Ross, its north west representative, said: ‘Road safety is a top priority for BEAR Scotland and Transport Scotland and this project on the A83 at Butterbridge is part of our commitment to improving road safety on the trunk road network.

‘The temporary traffic lights are essential for the protection of our workforce as well as motorists. Due to the nature of the works, at certain points it will be necessary to keep traffic management in place outwith working hours for safety, however, our teams will do all they can to complete the project as quickly and safely as possible.’

BEAR is currently carrying out £415,000 of essential surfacing improvements at four locations on the A83 in Kintyre.

The work, which began on July 19 and is expected to take four weeks, involves overnight road closures from 8pm to 5am at each of the locations.

Councillor Donald Kelly said: ‘Since we started our campaign to have the road between Kennacraig and Campbeltown trunked we have seen a massive improvement on this stretch of the A83, culminating in the latest much-needed improvements at Tayinloan, Glenbarr and Kilmaho.’

Up-to-date traffic information is available on Traffic Scotland’s website.