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As months of planning to bring down the potentially dangerous 250 tonne rock over the Glen Righ section of the A82 come to fruition, Forestry Commission Scotland says that ‘we’re ready’ to get the job done.
Alan Dickerson, Civil Engineering Central Services, who is managing the project for the Commission, said:
“It’s been a pretty massive exercise so far to get in touch with as many stakeholders as we could think of to give them advance warning.
“In the lead up to this weekend’s operation, Traffic Scotland and Scotland Transerv have done a great job of taking care of advanced notification to drivers. They’ve made sure that signage and information have been sited at crucial locations across the road network and have posted regular updates and information on the Traffic Scotland website.
“That’s been a huge help to us in getting the word out to road users across the country and we’d obviously urge everyone to be extra aware of any signage that they see over the few days leading up to the operation and through the weekend itself.
“Our consulting engineers, Coffey and the guys at Geo-rope have also done a fantastic job in pulling together the equipment, plant and materials that will be needed and planning out the job itself. They’ve carried out a ‘dry run’ to test various systems and make sure that everything is in place for the coming weekend.
“We’re all set, we’re raring to go and we want to get the job done. Throughout the weekend we’ll tweet regular updates on how things are going – and the team at Nevis Radio will also keep listeners up to speed with progress.”
Ahead of the operation this weekend (9 - 12 December), the wider project team will also start making use of a temporary lane closure in order to start erecting catch-fencing elsewhere on the hillside. A lane closure will also be put into effect in order to store the 350 dumpy bags of stone & tyre bales that will be needed to protect the road during the rock removal operation.
During the actual weekend of the closure Scotland Transerv hope to take advantage of the quieter traffic levels on the A82 to carry out gulley emptying, sign cleaning and other minor works, while Highland Council staff will carry out litter picking on the A82 to the north of Corran.
Scotland Transerv will also make sure that more winter service equipment and personnel are available elsewhere on the network to deal with any severe weather events that might threaten to disrupt traffic on the diversion routes.
Updates on how the work is progressing – and confirmation that the road will reopen as planned by 0600hrs on Monday morning will be broadcast on Nevis Radio throughout the weekend.
Some motorists may have postponed journeys via A82 at Corran but those who must travel via alternative routes should allow extra time for their journeys and pay attention to any advisory signs which will be in place throughout the works. For real time journey planning information visit www.trafficscotland.org
For more information about Forestry Commission Scotland’s current operation to remove the rock – and their longer term programme on the hillside over the next 3 years - visit www.forestry.gov.uk/A82operations
You can also follow us at http://twitter.com/A82operations
Up to date information on the closure will be available on the Traffic Scotland Web site http://trafficscotland.org/
Notes to Editors
1) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate, managing, protecting and enhancing the 660,000 hectare national forest estate in ways that deliver benefits to Scotland’s people, communities, biodiversity and economy. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
2) Coffey International Limited is a specialist professional services consultancy with expertise in geosciences, international development, and project management (http://uk.coffey.com/ )
3) Geo-Rope is a specialised construction company that has developed a reputation for providing innovative construction solutions in the field of Ground Engineering, slope stabilisation, rockfall protection and technical access. (http://www.geo-rope.com/index.html )
1) Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a’ riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
2) Airson agallamhan anns a’ Ghàidhlig, cuiribh fios gu Oifigear Leasachaidh Gàidhlig a’ Choimisean, Louise Nicilleathain air 01463 725 038