Landslide mitigation efforts continue on A83
Transport Scotland will look at options to improve the general layout, access points and the operation and implementation of the diversion route should it be required.
The local diversion route is part of the range of measures being progressed on the A83 under the Red Option to help reduce the risk of impacts of landslides at the Rest and Be Thankful. As well as the diversion route, it has seen the introduction of additional fencing and debris netting as well as drainage and culvert improvements.
Transport Minister Derek Mackay said:
“The A83 is a vital route for people in Argyll and Bute and the Scottish Government is firmly committed to mitigating the effects of landslides in the area.
“At the recent A83 Taskforce meeting, members agreed that improving the resilience of the Old Military Road would help maintain continuity of access in the long term and Transport Scotland will now take that work forward.
“Our mitigation measures are making a difference, with the netting and culverts successfully preventing debris from reaching the road. The Old Military Road has also been used by thousands of motorists, saving them the inconvenience of having to use a lengthy diversion.
“A total of £48 million has been spent on the maintenance of the A83 since 2007. This includes more than £10 million through the A83 Taskforce with another £3M committed Taskforce spend this financial year. This further underlines our determination to keep this key strategic route operational to support the local and regional communities and businesses.”