Plan in place for long-awaited road repairs

Hall Street is one of the areas that will benefit from pavement and road improvements.
Hall Street is one of the areas that will benefit from pavement and road improvements.

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A number of long-awaited road and pavement improvements within Campbeltown are set to begin next month.

BEAR Scotland, on behalf of Transport Scotland, is proposing to carry out footway improvements and carriageway resurfacing works at various locations on the A83, at the north entrance to Campbeltown and on Hall Street.

The footpath improvements are scheduled to start on Monday May 3 for five weeks, while the carriageway resurfacing improvements are planned to start on Monday May 24 for five weeks.

The proposed working hours and traffic management arrangements for each area of improvement are as follows:

  • A83 north entrance to Campbeltown, footpath improvements: three weeks from Monday May 3 to Friday May 21, excluding Saturday and Sunday; from 7am to 7pm; 24-hour lane closure with temporary traffic lights.
  • A83 north entrance to Campbeltown, carriageway resurfacing: two weeks from Monday May 24 to Friday June 4, excluding Saturday and Sunday; from 7am to 7pm; lane closure with 10 miles per hour escort.
  • A83 Hall Street, northbound footpath improvements: two weeks from Monday May 24 to Friday June 4, excluding Saturday and Sunday; from 7am to 7pm; 24-hour lane closure and parking restrictions on northbound lane.
  • A83 north entrance to Campbeltown, carriageway resurfacing: one week from Sunday June 6 to Thursday June 10; from 7pm to 5am; road closure with amnesties at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, midnight, 2am and 4am.
  • A83 north of Campbeltown, carriageway resurfacing: one week from Sunday June 13 to Thursday June 17; from 7pm to 5am; road closure with amnesties at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, midnight, 2am and 4am.
  • A83 Hall Street, northbound carriageway resurfacing: one week from Sunday June 20 to Thursday June 24; from 7pm to 5am; contraflow system on southbound lanes and parking restrictions on northbound and southbound lanes.

The requirement for road closures has been minimised as far as possible but there will be a requirement for two weeks of road closures where there are narrow carriageway widths, where works have been planned at night between 7pm to 5am each night, to minimise disruption as far as possible.

In order to minimise noise disruption to local residents, the louder operations such as excavation works will stop by 11pm each night.

Outwith working hours, the traffic management will be removed and a 30-mile-an-hour speed limit will be in place at each carriageway resurfacing site to ensure vehicles can safely pass over the temporary road surface. Traffic management will remain in place 24 hours a day during footpath improvement operations.

In order to carry out the footpath improvements works at Hall Street, some parking restrictions will be required, however, access to businesses and properties located on the street will be maintained for pedestrians, with only minimal disruption, to ensure public safety.

The safety of maintenance workers remains ‘a top priority’ during this project and strict physical distancing protocols, in line with Scottish Government guidance, will be in place to ensure all on-site personnel remain safe throughout the duration of the project.

Argyll First councillor Donald Kelly welcomed news of the plan which will be finalised after the consultation period ends. He said: ‘I am pleased that this work has finally been programmed and I look forward to seeing the long-awaited and much-needed improvements to the various areas of the town.’