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Plans for major programme of A828 improvements announced11 Aug 2017

A major programme of improvements for the A828 is proposed to take place in September which will see fourteen different schemes carried out on the route between North Connell and South Ballachulish.  

The £700,000 programme of work includes:

resurfacing at ten locations providing over 4km of new running surface

drainage upgrades

safety barrier installations

cycleway improvements

road marking refreshments

road stud replacements

installation of bend warning verge markers

landscaping activities and other minor repairs    

 

The programme will allow multiple schemes to be completed at the same time minimising the overall impact on local residents and commuters over the year.    

A full programme of the proposed work and a list of specific locations to be upgraded is available to download at the bottom of this page, or click here to view an interactive map of the project.

 

Traffic Management

To address the challenges of undertaking works in this location the project is proposed to be completed under a combination of traffic management arrangements over three weeks in September with, for the first time on this route, proposals for up to ten day-time road closures of the route completed in two phases.  

Working simultaneously at a number of locations under traffic management most appropriate for the location and type of work, creates a much safer environment for teams to work in, as well as allowing the resources available to be deployed with maximum effectiveness to complete a range of schemes in the minimum possible time.   In addition, the outputs from multiple quarries to supply materials will be maximised (night-time operations at these facilities are heavily restricted). This cuts the overall time needed to complete the same work at night by more than half.   

Other factors which affect our decision making on timing of delivering roadworks include:-

Road width – The schemes all require lane restrictions or road closure for public and worker safety.  Traffic management guidelines dictate that an absolute minimum width of 6m is required as a safe working space for carriageway improvements.  In this case these widths cannot be achieved on a number of locations on this route – which in effect means the road needs to be closed for the improvements to be made safely.

Quarry Hours  - Conditions on planning permission dictate quarry hours, especially at night. This includes noise disruption to nearby residents meaning quarries have limited operating times to gain access to surfacing materials.

Weather conditions – Durable surfacing requires good weather – ideally dry and mild.  

Quarry locations – There are a very limited number of quarries with surfacing material in the area. Material has to be transported to site and laid within specified temperature range and timing constraints. 

Value for money – Roadworks in better weather means fewer future repairs, saving money and enabling more schemes.  Longer shifts lead to more efficient working and less road closures. 

 

Planned programme

A full programme of the proposed work and a list of specific locations to be upgraded is available to download at the bottom of this page, or click here to view an interactive map of the project.

The work is planned to be completed in two phases as follows:

Phase One – A828 between Ballachulish and Creagan, Monday 11 – Monday 18 September

o Road closed for three days Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 September, 8am to 7pm.  Access for public transport and emergency services would be accommodated, and access for local residents and businesses will be maintained when it is safe to do so.  All other vehicles will be diverted at Ballachulish and Connel via Tyndrum (A82 and A85).  The road will be re-opened each evening.  

o Road open at all times to light vehicles only with  temporary traffic signals in place on 14, 15 and 18 September (no restrictions in place at weekends), with HGVs being diverted during the daytime.

 

Phase Two - A828 between Creagan and Ledaig, Tuesday 19 to Thursday 28 September 

o Road closed for seven days, Tuesday 19 – Wednesday 27 September, 8.30am to 7pm (weekdays only, no restrictions at weekends).  Access for public transport and emergency services would be accommodated, and access for local residents and businesses will be maintained when it is safe to do so.   All other vehicles will be diverted at Ballachulish and Connel via Tyndrum (A82 and A85).  The road will be re-opened each evening.  

o Road open at all times to light vehicles only and temporary traffic signals in place for the final day of operations on 28 September with HGVs diverted during the daytime.  

 

Consultation

We always try to minimise disruption to residents, businesses and road users as much as possible, and we are very conscious of the impact of roadworks on users.  Extensive consultation is currently underway with the Emergency Services, the Local authority, Transport Operators, local businesses and residents to gauge their feedback on the proposals.

The first stage of consultation is already underway with discussions between bus operators and the Local Authority in an effort to ensure public and school transport is maintained throughout all the proposals.  

BEAR Scotland are now launching a wider consultation to residents and local businesses with all feedback welcomed.  A dedicated consultation email address has been set up to allow this feedback to take place; A828consultation@bearscotland.co.uk

 

Commenting on the proposals, North West Representative for BEAR Scotland, Eddie Ross, said: ““This is the first time we have proposed carrying out a programme of major investment using this method and have considered various options to get to this point. We want to gauge feedback from the public – both positive and negative – in relation to how we propose to undertake them. 

“The proposal to deliver the package of improvements in two phases under ‘blocks’ of day closures, ten in total, outwith the summer peak season would mean considerably less disruption throughout the year for road users and would provide a much safer environment for roadworkers.   

“The night-time alternative would mean delaying the improvements until summer 2018 and would remain subject to obtaining agreements allowing access to quarry supplies. A delay until summer 2018 would also require restrictions this year to allow some temporary works to take place in the meantime in order to ensure the road remains safe until permanent repairs can be carried out.

 “We’ll make sure to communicate decision to all stakeholders once we’ve discussed all feedback.”

Click the below link to view a downloadable version of the detailed programme of work, a specific list of locations, map of the route and the diversion plans, or view an interactive map of the locations by clicking here.

 

 

downloadBEAR Scotland A828 Improvements September 2017 - Information Pack.pdf

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