A82 traffic management required as safety nets installed

Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) is advising road users that traffic management on the A82 at Grotaig, the site of a recent rock fall, will remain in place for the next few days whilst engineers install a temporary catch fence.

Although loose debris has been removed from the road side and from the hill overnight, there are concerns that heavy rain might dislodge additional material.

The catch fence, which will extend along a 50m run of the hillside, will be constructed to stop heavier boulders, as well as finer material, from reaching the road surface.

Alex Macleod, FES Operations Manager, said;

“We have been working overnight with colleagues from BEAR Scotland and our engineering specialists to clear the debris from the roadside and remove loose material from the hillside.

“Thankfully that operation went well and the professionalism of our teams meant that it was accomplished without having to close the road completely.

“However, the expert advice we have been given is that we should put in place a temporary catch fence as an extra precaution.

“Fencing materials are being moved on to the site but we will need to continue with the traffic management – including short red-to-red closures - whilst this is being built.

“We appreciate that this will inconvenience road users and we apologise in advance for any frustrations that might arise.”

Traffic management will also be kept in place for a few days after completion of the catch-fence so the slope can be monitored, although every effort will be made to lift the traffic restrictions as soon as it is safe to do so.

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Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of the Forestry Commission and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
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