BEAR Scotland to begin £415,000 overnight surfacing improvement works

BEAR Scotland is set to begin £415,000 worth of essential overnight surfacing improvement works across the A83.

Scheduled to begin on July 19, the overnight project will see over 2.6km of road resurfaced on the A83 between Whitehouse and Bellochantuy.

The firm said that the works is expected to take up to four weeks to complete, with the surfacing improvements taking place between 8pm and 5am – with all work scheduled to be completed by August 14.

 The project is programmed as follows:

  • A83 north of Bellochantuy – Sunday 19 July to Sunday 26 July (six nights)
  • A83 Ballochroy – Monday 27 July to Thursday 30 July (four nights)
  • A83 Kilchenzie – Sunday 2 August to Thursday 6 August (five nights)
  • A83 south of Whitehouse – Sunday 9 August to Thursday 13 August (five nights)

Bear Scotland said that, due to the narrow carriageway widths at each location, work will be undertaken using a full road closure for safety. The firm added that, as there is no suitable diversion route available, amnesties will be provided at 9pm, 10pm, 12am, 2am and 4am each night. During these times vehicles will be safely escorted through the site under a 10mph convoy traffic management system. Emergency services will be able to pass through the works at all times.

the A83 will remain open during the daytime to keep disruption to a minimum, however, to ensure the safety of motorists a speed restriction of 30mph will remain in place as traffic will be running on a temporary surface.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s north west representative said, “These surfacing projects across these four locations on the A83 will help address any defects and greatly improve the road surface for motorists.

“We need to close the road overnight to ensure both our teams as well as road users are kept safe during the project, however we’ve arranged for the project to take place overnight and are avoiding working at weekends to minimise disruption as much as we can.  We’ve also arranged for amnesties to be in place to allow for traffic to safely pass through the work sites at set times to further limit any impact.

“We’ve changed our ways of working to ensure all staff and the local community are kept safe at all times, and all personnel will be subject to strict physical distancing protocols in line with Scottish Government guidance.  Thorough risk assessments have been developed and cleansing stations will be implemented on site to ensure all staff remain safe.

“Our teams will do all they can to complete the works as quickly and safely as they can, and we thank the local community and road users for their patience in advance while we complete these projects. We encourage motorists to plan ahead before setting out by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information.”