Road to close at Clachan for resurfacing works

The stretch of road between Glenbarr and Bellochantuy is one of the areas causing concern for drivers due to the deterioration of the road surface in recent weeks.
The road surface has deteriorated in many areas due to recent winter weather.

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The road will close at Clachan for three nights next week as part of a £700,000 four-week programme of resurfacing at seven locations on the A83.

BEAR Scotland, which maintains Scotland’s trunk road network on behalf of Transport Scotland, began the updated programme of improvements on Monday following a recent spell of cold weather and an associated increase in the number of defects on the road surface.

Initial surfacing improvements began in January but work was hindered by winter weather, meaning some operations had to be postponed.

Work will be carried out at Clachan from Monday March 1 to Wednesday March 3. For safety reasons due to the narrow carriageway widths at this location, work will be undertaken using a full road closure between 7pm and 5am each night.

As there is no suitable diversion route available, amnesties will be provided at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, 12am, 2am and 4am. During these times, vehicles will be safely escorted through the site using a 10-miles-per-hour convoy traffic management system.

Motorists are encouraged to arrive in good time to ensure they are accommodated within the amnesty period.

The revised programme of works will also see improvements at:

  • Corranbuie – from Wednesday February 24 to Sunday February 28, with no work on Friday or Saturday night. The road will be closed between 7pm and 5am each night, with amnesties at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, 12am, 2am and 4am.
  • A83 Meall Mhor, north of Erines – on Thursday March 4, for one night. The road will be closed between 7pm and 5am, with amnesties at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, 12am, 2am and 4am.
  • West of A815 junction, near Cairndow – from Sunday March 7 to Monday March 15, with no work on Friday or Saturday night. A 10-miles-per-hour convoy system will be in place between 7pm and 5am each night.
  • Tullochgorm – from Wednesday March 17 to Monday March 22, with no work on Saturday or Sunday. A 10-miles-per-hour convoy system will be in place between 7am and 7pm each day.

Access through the works sites for emergency services will be maintained at all times.

At sites where work is proposed over multiple days, traffic management will be removed outwith working hours, although a temporary 30-miles-per-hour speed limit will remain in place, as traffic will be travelling over a temporary surface.

Strict physical distancing protocols, in line with Scottish Government Covid-19 guidance, will be in force to protect teams and ensure they remain safe at all times.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s north west representative, said: ‘We’re aware of areas of deterioration that have become evident on the A83 following recent winter weather, which is why we have reprogrammed the ongoing work and brought forward additional surfacing improvements planned at Drishaig and Ardrishaig.

‘It is important that we address these high priority sections first to ensure the network remains safe. This £700,000 investment from Transport Scotland across these seven locations on the A83 will enable a safer and smoother journey for motorists.’

Anyone who would like to report a specific trunk road defect can do so via Transport Scotland’s freephone customer care number, 0800 028 1414, or through BEAR Scotland’s website under the ‘report a defect’ function.