A82 Ground work on Bonnie Bonnie Banks
Transport Minister Keith Brown was on hand as the work began which will help identify a preferred route for the scheme by next summer.
The work is expected to be completed by mid-December 2014.
Mr Brown said:
“The 10 mile section of the A82 between Tarbet and Inverarnan runs between the iconic Loch Lomond and the stunning hills that border it, so it is important that any upgrade to the route fits with the challenges of the topography while maintaining the world renowned beauty of the area.
“The ground investigations taking place over the next couple of months will help inform the ongoing work to design a preferred route by next summer.
“Coupled with the construction work for the Pulpit Rock improvement scheme and the Crianlarich Bypass bringing improved road safety and journey time reliability, we are committed to upgrade the A82 which is a vital economic and social lifeline as it connects businesses and communities in the Highlands and Islands with the central belt.”
Paul McIntyre, Scottish Operations Manager for Environmental Scientifics Group’s Geotechnical Division said:
“We are delighted to take forward this ground investigation work as part of the A82 Tarbet to Inverarnan improvement scheme and are proud to again be associated with one of Transport Scotland’s most high profile transport projects.
“ESG’s breadth and depth of technical expertise, coupled with our experience and focus on delivering service excellence will massively contribute to the overall assessment of the engineering challenges and the eventual selection of a preferred upgrade option for the route”.
As part of the design work for the A82 Tarbet to Inverarnan upgrade, Transport Scotland announced in September 2014 the award of a ground investigations contract for over £370,000 to Environmental Scientifics Group Ltd.
The work is expected to be on site for a period of 9 weeks.
The work is part of the Stage 2 assessment for the route and it is expected that a preferred route alignment will be identified by next Summer.
Details of the A82 Tarbet to Inverarnan upgrade scheme can be found at: http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/project/a82-tarbet-inverarnan-upgrade