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Forestry Commission Scotland is advising road users that the latest phase of works in its 3-year Glen Righ programme will require lane closures and temporary traffic lights to be in place during April, May and June 2012.
Anticipated to be in place 24hours a day from Monday to Friday – and removed for weekend traffic - the lane closure will allow the rock face to be made secure ahead of timber harvesting in the Autumn/Winter. The traffic management will be in place on Monday 16th April.
The Commission will consult with Transport Scotland & Scotland Transerv to ensure that Traffic Management is suspended for national & local events.
Alan Dickerson, the Commission’s project manager, said:
“We’re now getting on with the bulk of the work in our three-year plan for this stretch of road – and it’s really just a matter of rolling up our sleeves and getting on with it.
“We appreciate that no time is a good time for this sort of operation and we apologize in advance for any disruption that this will cause - but this is a major investment in the long-term safety of the A82 corridor that will benefit communities, businesses and the tourism industry.
“We think that the majority of road users will understand that taking preventative and remedial action now is preferable to years of repeatedly dealing with significant issues like landslips, rock falls and wind blown trees.”
Part of the Commission’s three-year programme for Glen Righ (and of the longer-term plan for the whole of the A82 corridor), the work is being carried out in partnership with Transport Scotland and geotechnical experts Coffey and Geo-rope.
During this phase of hill work, contractors will only work during all available daylight hours but - to minimize disruption and get the job done as quickly as possible - will leave in place overnight the protective barriers designed to prevent falling rocks from damaging vehicles using the available lane.
“We appreciate that traffic management can be inconvenient but it is essential for the safety of motorists, other road users and our teams working on site. Our teams will be very visible for this phase – so people will be able to see that we’re working hard to get this job done."
The Commission aims to keep disruption to an absolute minimum and – having taken advice from Transport Scotland – is re-assessing it’s July and August work programme in a bid to avoid w peak summer traffic flows.
For more information about Forestry Commission Scotland’s longer term programme over the next 3 years - visit www.forestry.gov.uk/A82operations
You can also follow us at http://twitter.com/A82operations
Up to date traffic management information can be found on the Traffic Scotland Web site http://trafficscotland.org/
Notes to Editors
1) Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government’s Environment and 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) The programme of works is being carried out with project partners Coffey International Limited, a specialist consultancy with expertise in geosciences, international development, and project management, (http://uk.coffey.com/ ) and specialist construction and groundworks company Geo-Rope (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