Work underway on A83 catch-pits

The next phase of landslip mitigation measures on the A83 through the Rest and Be Thankful is underway.

Work on the excavation of three catch-pits at the bottom of the slope started at the beginning of the week (23rd October).  The pits have been designed to catch any material from potential landslips to prevent the debris from reaching the road. The scheme will cost around £1.8 million.

Modelling work has been carried-out to establish the best location for the catch-pits. Their design is endorsed by the A83 Taskforce and members were given an update on the work at the latest meeting this morning in Arrochar.

Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf said:

“The Scottish Government remains firmly committed to the maintaining access to the A83.

“More than £58 million has been invested in the route since 2007 to the end of the last financial year, including almost £10 million for landslip mitigation at the Rest and Be Thankful.

“Once completed, these three pits will have the potential to hold upwards of 15,000 tonnes of debris material were this to be generated by a landslip. This provides additional resilience capacity.

“The nets continue to prove their worth having caught material from a small slippage earlier this month.

“We understand that the community is concerned about a delay to the start of the catch-pit work but it was important that we had the correct preparations in place and now that the work is underway we are looking forward to seeing it progressing to keep Argyll open for business.”

Published 24 Oct 2017 Tags