New Year brings latest phase of A82 Glen Righ operations

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Forestry Commission Scotland is advising local residents and road users that its next phase of slope stability operations at Glen Righ (south of Fort William) will begin on Monday 13th January.

Paving the way for the next phase of tree felling later in the year, the work on the southern, steeper section of the Glen Righ site will involve rock scaling and boulder removal work.

Traffic management will be in place from 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday and will involve one lane closure on the A82 south of the Commission’s Loch Linnhe car park. There will also be some short (10 minute max) complete road closures but these will be outwith the rush hour and any traffic build up will be given time to clear before any further closure.

Traffic lights will be removed at the end of each working day and the Commission’s team will liaise closely with emergency services during the short closures to ensure they are not delayed

Alex Macleod, who is managing the A82 project for the Commission, said:

“Recent storms, which saw trees blow across the A82 at Glen Righ and at Loch Lochy, have emphasised the need for us to deal with these steep ground sites. The slope stability work that we’re about to start will get the site ready for tree felling which will take place after Easter.

 “Together with BEAR Scotland, the Police and Transport Scotland, we’ve done a lot of behind-the-scenes planning for this latest operational phase.  The extreme steepness of the hillside is going to make it really challenging for our geotechnical teams. It’s also imperative that for public safety we put traffic management in place.

“We remain aware that our works do cause some inconvenience to road users and local communities but we will continue to work closely with our contractors, BEAR Scotland and Transport Scotland, to ensure that delays are kept to a minimum.”

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