Roadworks to now shut the OMR on Tuesday night

Landslips at the Rest and Be Thankful hill pass have hit tourism hard.
The Rest and be Thankful and Old Military Road.

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Essential surfacing work is to take place at the north end of the Old Military Road, near its junction with the A83 from 8pm on Tuesday until 5am on Wednesday.

BEAR Scotland said it will mean the OMR will close overnight during those hours with all traffic diverted via the A82, A85 and A819 to allow teams to safely complete the work.

The aim is to carry out essential repairs to the road surface ensuring it continues to function safely for motorists, BEAR Scotland said.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s north west representative said: ‘The Old Military Road is operating well as a local diversion route, with traffic being convoyed through the area.

‘We’ll keep the route open 24-hours a day as long as weather conditions allow, with teams closely monitoring of the weather conditions and observing the hillside to note for any changes.

‘However, on Tuesday night we’ll be carrying out essential surfacing repairs to the OMR to ensure its continued safe operation over the festive period. These repairs will treat deteriorated sections of the OMR and up through the Rest and Be Thankful car park, ensuring the route provides a safer and smoother journey for road users.

‘We’ve planned this essential work to take place overnight when traffic volumes on the OMR are much lower, and we’ll use this time to safely complete as much work as we can to the OMR to ensure it remains in a safe working condition.

‘As ever we thank the local community and all road users for their patience and assure them we’re doing everything we can to address the ongoing situation at the rest.’