£4 Million for Urgent Road Repairs

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Tuesday February 13 2018

Over £4M targeted for urgent surfacing repairs across trunk roads in North West of Scotland.

Over £4M of investment has been targeted towards repairing defective sections of trunk road across parts of the North West of Scotland following freezing cold temperatures and subsequent thaws breaking apart the road surface.

A programme of road surfacing repairs has been drawn up which will see work carried out at over 60 locations across trunk roads in the North West over the next three months.

The £4M of investment will allow for repairs to be completed as soon as possible, with up to seven dedicated surfacing crews working across the North West network to carry out repairs.

Work began last week to repair and resurface as many areas as quickly and safely as possible, with resurfacing already complete at three locations; the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful, A83 Dunoon Junction and also the first phase of work on the A887 at Invermoriston.  

Works are also ongoing this week at A83 Dunderave, A84 Strathyre, A85 Connel, A887 West of Achlain and A889 Cathar Mor.  

Planing works ahead of resurfacing next week have also taken place on the A82 in Fort William and Torlundy.  

The planned programme of work has been designed to address the 60 highest priority locations across the network, with details shared on the BEAR website.

Unfortunately continuing adverse weather conditions are hampering progress for these permanent resurfacing projects, however temporary repairs are being carried out where appropriate until the permanent resurfacing repairs can be completed.  

These areas of deterioration have formed following the sudden and rapid break-up of the road surface caused by the freeze and thaw cycle throughout this winter so far. 

The expansion and contraction of ice as it penetrates through the roads’ make-up via tiny cracks in the material can cause bigger cracks that in turn can lead to potholes and stripping of the top layer of road surface.

Commenting on the programme of surfacing repairs, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said:

“We’ve targeted over £4M investment into carrying out an urgent programme of repair across trunk roads in the North West of Scotland which will allow teams to address sections of the trunk road that are deteriorating rapidly.

“This winter has brought frequent heavy rain followed by sub-zero temperatures across our network of roads causing unprecedented damage to occur.

“As the winter weather is continuing to have an impact on the roads as well as our planned programme of resurfacing, regular updates of the programme will be prepared to keep people well informed. 

“The resurfacing programme will be made available on the BEAR Scotland website and will be updated regularly as works progress.

“We fully understand the frustration from the local community regarding the road surface at some locations, and rest assured we are doing all we can to carry out the programme of repairs as safely and quickly as possible.

“Should anyone wish to report a specific trunk road defect you can do so via Transport Scotland’s Freephone Customer Care number, 0800 028 1414.”

Real time journey information is available from traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org or twitter @trafficscotland.

The resurfacing programme will be made available on the BEAR Scotland website, link available here: http://bit.ly/BEARScotRepairs.



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