Since the landslip at the A83 Rest and be Thankful on 1 December 2011 and the clean up operation which followed, the local community have shown their patience as work was carried out to fully reopen the road.
ScotlandTranserv has expressed graditude to those communities affected and fully appreciate the impact this has had on their ability to go about their business.
Customer Service Manager, Cathel Macaskill said:
“It was essential we were able to carry out full geotechnical investigations to ensure the integrity of the hillside and the safety of road users, and this was simply not possible in light of the recent spell of very poor weather coupled with heavy snowfalls on the hillside. Safety is paramount in everything we do and our key focus was always to ensure the safety of road users first and foremost.
“Moving forward we are also acutely aware of the importance of this lifeline route to the wider Argyll and Bute community and that is why we have introduced continuous monitoring of the hillside. To try and ensure that the route is kept open and the protection of the public continues the failure area of the hillside will be continually observed by professionally qualified spotters. This will be supplemented by a Traffic Management team, on either side of the suspect area, who will react immediately to any real concerns about hillside stability and close the road. This arrangement, which will remain in place until mid-January, 2012, will continue during the hours of darkness as the road will remain open under tower lights. The Wig Wag signs will also remain ‘on’ during this period to advise the public of the increased risk.”
Further protection measures are programmed to be in place in the coming weeks,
- tiltmeters fitted with warning lights, will be positioned within the risk areas which will aid visual inspection during darkness,
- regular visual inspections of the slope,
- tiltmeters and piezometers which can be monitored remotely will be positioned in the new risk area,
- quarterly monitoring/condition reporting of the whole hillside will continue
- the reviewing/costing of the provision of debris fencing below both failure areas.
ScotlandTranserv are very keen to gather the views of the affected communities and work with them to develop long term solutions to the difficulties presented by the closure of this route.