£530,000 overnight surfacing improvements

Issued by BEAR Scotland

Road users on the A82 between Fort Augustus and Invermoriston are to benefit from over £530,000 of road improvement resurfacing works. 

The improvement works begin next week and are to entail the resurfacing of over 3km of carriageway to establish a smoother surface and safer journeys for road users. 

The works will be completed overnight starting from Wednesday 7 June for up to 17 nights.  The improvements will take place between 7pm and 5am, Sunday nights to Friday mornings, with no work scheduled to take place on Friday or Saturday nights. 

The road will remain open to light vehicles, however a 10mph convoy system will be in operation overnight to protect roadworkers as well as motorists during the improvements.  This will be removed outside of working hours however a temporary speed restriction of 30mph will be in place as traffic will be running on a temporary surface. 

Due to the narrow width on the resurfacing sites, Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) will be diverted via the A87 and A887 during working hours for safety and to allow the A82 to remain open to all other vehicles.  Arrangements will be made for bus services to pass through sites to minimise impact to bus schedules, with all other HGVs advised to use the diversion. 

Consultation has been carried out with the local authority, local businesses, hauliers and the Road Haulage Association to inform them of the scheme and the overnight restriction to HGVs.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s Representative for the North West, said: “We’re carrying out over £530,000 of improvements to the A82 which will greatly improve the condition of the road, making it more resilient during the winter months and much smoother and safer.

“We’ve designed the scheme to take place overnight to minimise the impact to motorists and will be avoiding working on Friday and Saturday nights.  We’ve also arranged the traffic management to allow the A82 to remain open to light vehicles. We’ve also noted the bus times and will make sure that arrangements are on site to ensure the buses can safely pass through the improvements with minimal disruption.

“Unfortunately there will be a diversion for HGVs only, which will be signed in advance, and we’ve reached out to hauliers and the RHA to make them aware of the overnight restrictions. 

“We would encourage road users to plan their journey in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date journey information.”

Real-time journey planning information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org or twitter @trafficscotland.

31 May 2017