A stretch of the A83 near Argyll in Scotland is undergoing essential repair work after a landslide earlier in August took part of the road with it. The BBC reported that the cleanup operation is ongoing to make one of the main routes in this part of the country safe for traffic once again.
The heavy rains experienced earlier in August resulted in 6,000 tonnes of debris being displaced and further thunderstorms have hampered the progress of the cleanup operation.
Simply fixing the road is not enough in this situation, with the news provider explaining that Bear Scotland will undertake complex engineering work to try to protect this stretch of the A83 from similar incidents in the future.
A culvert will be installed beneath the road surface to allow water to escape beneath the concrete, while a new concrete wall to support the road will also be constructed.
Ensuring that the road is strong enough for vehicle traffic is another priority, with work also being undertaken to stabilise and strengthen the ground beneath the road.
Speaking to the news provider, Eddie Ross, of Bear Scotland, thanked road users and the local community for their patience during the repairs.
“Argyll remains open for business and we advise all road users to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for more information,” he added.
The nearby Old Military road has been opened to traffic in the meantime to enable drivers to get around the damaged section of the A83.
This wasn’t the only road that suffered serious damage during the storms in August, with Perthshire residents also having to contend with severe damage to a section of the C414 Pathstruie to Path of Condie road completely collapsed following the heavy rain and lightning storms recently.
The Courier reported that local residents now face a 20 minute diversion to reach Dunning.
Initially the council was confident they could repair the culvert, but further inspection has revealed that the issue is more serious than previously thought.
A spokesperson for the council told the news provider that the road will remain closed for the time being. “Engineers were due to install a temporary bridge on Friday 21 August but deterioration of the culvert means additional work will be necessary,” they asserted.
There is currently no date for reopening the road, although council bosses have said they will provide details on the schedule of works as soon as they are able to.
This wasn’t the only road surface that was seriously damaged in this part of Scotland during the storms. A large hole appeared in the concrete road surface on Station Road in Forgandenny after the heavy rains washed away a large piece of the asphalt.
Strathallan School, which sits alongside the damaged stretch of road, has opened its gates to allow traffic to pass through the school grounds until repairs can be carried out. However, the school is calling on the council to prioritise these works to enable the school to reduce the traffic transiting through its grounds.
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