Overnight road surfacing worth £520,000 will take place on the A82 between Tarbet and Crianlarich next month which will see over 4km of the route resurfaced.
The project will allow stretches of the carriageway at three sections to be resurfaced and new road markings added, with works set to take place at Home on the Loch, Ardvorlich to Pulpit Rock as well as north of Inverarnan.
The investment will allow any defects in the road to be repaired, creating a smoother and safer road surface for motorists.
Surfacing improvements will begin on Sunday 2, September with the whole project expected to take up to four weeks to complete. Surfacing works are being carried out overnight, Sunday nights to Friday mornings, 9pm to 6am each night.
- Overnight works begin Sunday 2 September for four weeks
- Overnight road closures in place for safety
- Local access maintained throughout project
- Transport Scotland ground investigations also set to take place to make full use of road closures
To keep road workers as well as road users safe, overnight road closures between Tarbet and Crianlarich will be in place due to the narrow widths of the road at several sections alongside Loch Lomond.
During working hours all traffic will be diverted via the A83, A819 and A85 re-joining the A82 at Tyndrum and vice versa. Local access will be provided when safe to do so throughout the project while Emergency Services will be able to pass through the works at all times.
The road will be reopened out with working hours, however, a 30mph speed restriction will be in place for the safety of traffic whilst passing over a temporary road surface.
Consultation has been carried out with local residents, businesses, the local authority and all other relevant stakeholders to inform them of the project and share details of the traffic management in advance.
Commenting on the project, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “This project will allow our teams to upgrade various sections of the A82 carriageway next to Loch Lomond between Tarbet and Crianlarich, helping to fix any defects in the road and upgrade the general condition.
“Unfortunately, due to the narrow width of the road next to the loch, we’ve got no option but to close the road overnight each night during the surfacing improvements. A diversion will be signed in advance to inform road users, and we’ll escort residents and others requiring local access through the works when it is safe to do so.
“We’ve scheduled the project to take place overnight, Sunday to Thursday, with a later start time of 9pm each night to reduce impact on commuting traffic.
“Our teams will do all they can to complete the works as quickly and safely as possible, and we thank motorists and the local community in advance while we work to carry out these essential surfacing repairs.
“We would encourage motorists to plan their journeys in advance, allowing extra time and checking the Traffic Scotland website before setting off.”
In addition to the surfacing works, Soil Engineering on behalf of Transport Scotland will be carrying out ground investigations within the closure periods for the upcoming Tarbet to Inverarnan upgrade on the A82.
The ground investigation works have been ongoing since the end of March and will provide vital information ahead of the development of the 17 kilometre upgrade.
In order to reduce the impact on the local community, Soil Engineering will be carrying out the majority of these works using the BEAR Scotland road closures during the week, making full use of the available traffic management.
Some further work will be required during Friday and Saturday nights throughout September to complete the more complex ground investigations. Working hours will be 12am to 6am each night, and the A82 will be required to close for a limited time during these periods.
It should be noted that the road will only be closed for a limited time during the ground investigation works on Friday and Saturday nights, and updates will be shared on the Traffic Scotland website and variable message signs providing the latest as to the status of the road.
A Transport Scotland spokesperson said: “By collaboratively working together to deliver the resurfacing and ground investigation works, the overall impact on the local community and the travelling public has been greatly reduced.
“We apologise for any inconvenience these essential works will cause and would thank road users and local communities in advance for their patience during the works.”