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Forestry Commission Scotland’s next phase of hill work requiring traffic management on the A82 at Glen Righ (south of Fort William) is set to begin the week beginning 3 September.
The latest works will run Monday to Friday (daytime only) and will see one lane closed with 24 hour traffic lights controlling vehicles on the remaining lane. It is expected that the works will be completed within two weeks.
Alan Dickerson who is managing the site for the Commission, said:
“This latest phase of geotechnical work - following on from spending July and August away from roadside works - will see the first section of the hillside secure and ready for the harvesting teams to begin their work.
“We’d like to be able to get the thing wrapped up in one week but we are advising people that it may require two weeks of effort.
“Our contractors, Geo-rope are still working hard behind the scenes but need to come back to the roadside hill face to finish drilling temporary fence anchors, install catch fences, check rock crags and scale rock faces. The lane closure is necessary to ensure their safety and the safety of motorists.
“Once again we’d like to thank road users and the local communities for their patience and understanding and to take this opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience that this latest traffic management.”
Work will continue until the first part of the site is handed back to the Commission at the end of September, but the last couple of weeks will all be behind the scenes.
Harvesting operations will follow, probably early in the New Year but the Commission will give out further information on that later in the year.
A Transport Scotland Spokesperson said;
“As this first phase of work nears an end, we'd like to thank the FCS and their contractor for the way this challenging task has been carried out safely while whilst keeping traffic delays to a minimum.
"We continue to meet regularly with Forestry Commission to discuss their forward works programme, particularly where lane and short term road closures are needed, to ensure the public are kept informed and can plan their journeys in advance."
Real time traffic and travel updates are available at www.trafficscotland.org or on Twitter @TrafficScotland
For more information – and some images depicting the nature of the work that needs to be carried out – visit www.forestry.gov.uk/a82operations
You can also follow us at http://twitter.com/A82operations
Up to date information on traffic management measures will be available on the Traffic Scotland Web site http://trafficscotland.org/ as and when they are required.
Notes to Editors
1) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as part of the Scottish Government’s Environment & 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) Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6507.
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