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A82 could be £380m

 

Transport Scotland has confirmed that the upgrade of an infamous stretch of the A82 will be to full 7.3-metre wide carriageway. But the cost could rocket to £380m.

The extent of design and other work on the 10-mile stretch from Tarbet to Inverarnan was outlined by transport minister Humza Yousaf at a meeting in Crianlarich with residents, businesses and haulage companies.

He said an increase in traffic flows suggested the need for a wider carriageway on the “challenging” route. “Upgrading this part of the trunk road route to a 7.3-metre carriageway will lead to improved journey times and reliability and will benefit freight carriers.

“Having identified the preferred option, we have been progressing the next stage of design work with a view to preparing Draft Orders for the scheme next year and will continue to engage with locals, road users and other stakeholders as we do so.”

 

TIGHT SQUEEZE: Traffic often comes to a standstill as trucks and buses try to pass each other on tight bends.

 

Much of the existing road hugs the banks of Loch Lomond with steep hills on the opposite side. The last major contract was a 400-metre section to remove a bottleneck that had been controlled by ‘temporary’ traffic lights for 30 years. Originally awarded at a cost of £9.2m, the job ran a year over schedule (see story here).

However, the scheme won the Infrastructure category in the 2016 Saltire Awards for Civil Engineering, with contractor McLaughlin and Harvey praised for its leadership on a project that was hampered throughout by unforeseen problems.

 

♦ Elsewhere on the roads, a contract notice has been advertised calling for bids for the A90/A96 Haudagain Improvement Project. It involves around 500 metres of new dual carriageway connecting the A90 and the A96.

Construction cost is currently estimated at around £18m. An advance site preparation contract will be awarded in the coming months with works due to begin early in 2018 in advance of the main contract.

 

 

Article posted 25/6/2017

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