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Three Weeks of Surfacing Improvement Works at Spean Bridge

Overnight road closures required from Sunday 7 March for safety

Motorists using the A86 and A82 at Spean Bridge are set to benefit from an improved road surface.

The programme of improvements will see over 2km of the A86 and A82 resurfaced, promoting better ride comfort and safer journeys for motorists.

The £400,000 project began last week and will continue to take place in phases over three weeks. 

All work is scheduled to be completed by 3am Tuesday 16 March, subject to weather conditions.

The programme of work is as follows:

A86 Achaneich Chalets to Spean Bridge Primary School (phase one) – Thursday 25 February to Friday 5 March (seven days, excluding Saturday and Sunday), 7am to 7pm

A 10mph convoy system will be in place between 7am and 7pm each day.

A86 Spean Bridge Primary School to Inverour Guest House – Sunday 7 March to Tuesday 9 March (three nights), 7pm – 7am

Due to the narrow carriageway width at this location of the A86, work will be carried out using a full road closure between 7pm and 7am to ensure the safety of roadworkers and motorists.

As there is no suitable diversion route available, amnesties will be provided at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, 11pm, 12am, 2am, and 4am each night.

During these times vehicles will be safely escorted through the site under a 10mph convoy traffic management system.

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

A86 Achaneich Chalets to Spean Bridge Primary School (phase two) – Thursday 11 March to Friday 12 March (two days), 7am to 7pm

A 10mph convoy system will be in place between 7am and 7pm each day.

A82/A86 Junction in Spean Bridge – Sunday 14 March to Monday 15 March (two nights), 9pm – 3am

The work at the A82 and A86 junction in Spean Bridge will take place in a shorter working window over two nights, 9pm to 3am. 

Due to the narrow carriageway width at this junction, work will be carried out using a full road closure on the A82 to ensure the safety of roadworkers and motorists.

A single amnesty will be provided at 12am only where vehicles will be safely escorted through the site.

The single amnesty is necessary for safety reasons due to the tight nature of the bend.

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

Traffic management will be removed outwith working hours at each site however a temporary 30mph speed limit will remain in place, as traffic will be travelling over a temporary surface.

Access for local residents and businesses will be maintained during the project, outwith the necessary closures, and emergency services will be able to pass through the works at all times.

Consultation has been undertaken with local residents, businesses, the local authority and emergency services to make them aware of the works and the traffic management arrangements that will be in place.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West representative, said:

“This £400,000 surfacing project will improve the condition of the road surface and road safety across this section of the A82 and A86 at Spean Bridge, benefitting road users for years to come.

“We’ve split the project into phases to allow us to reduce disruption as much as possible.

“The overnight closures are essential for ensuring the safety of roadworkers and road users due to the narrow widths of the road.

“The scheduled single amnesty at midnight during the final phase of work at the Spean Bridge junction is due to the tight nature of the bend, meaning it is not safe to allow traffic to pass until work has been completed in each lane.

“The delayed amnesty time is also to allow the material on the bend time to adequately cool before vehicles can travel over it without damaging the new surface.

“Our teams will do all they can to complete the works as quickly and safely as they can, and we thank the local community and road users for their patience in advance while we work on these projects.

“We encourage motorists to plan ahead before setting out by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information.”