A82 rock fall site gets more permanent solution

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Forestry Commission Scotland’s geotechnical team will next week (W/C 1 June) start work on a longer term solution to secure the slope that was destabilised as a result of a rock fall earlier this year (March 2015).
The rock fall – which closed the road between Invermoriston and Drumnadrochit for four days (12 -15 March) - was quickly dealt with by the Commission, BEAR Scotland and Police Scotland.

However, concerns about the stability of other large boulders above the road required that the road be closed until a temporary solution could be put in place.

Alex Macleod, who is managing the Commission’s A82 Steep Ground Harvesting Project, said:

“At the time we put in place some anchored rock fall netting to secure other unstable boulders on that section of hillside as an emergency measure. We now need to make these emergency works more permanent before the Autumnal bad weather arrives and potentially causes more problems.

“We’ll be going back on site next week to put in place an anchored concrete beam but given the steepness of the slope, we’ll have to build this in situ and helicopter in all the plant and materials.

“Traffic management will be in place for this and other elements of the works. However we anticipate that it will have much less of an impact on local traffic than our other felling operations though we apologise for any inconvenience that it might cause.”

It is anticipated that operations will begin w/c 1st June 2015 and the Commission hopes to have these completed by mid-July at the latest.

The Commission expects to have largely completed its combined geotechnical and timber harvesting works in Glen Righ (South of Fort William) by Autumn 2015, which will include the remaining harvesting work alongside the A82 at Loch Lochy.

Autumn 2015 will see the start of operations along Loch Ness-side – the most difficult and extensive phase of the A82 Project and timber harvesting operations.

In advance of the Loch Ness harvesting the Commission will be running “drop-in” events in Invermoriston & Drumnadrochit to raise awareness of the work but also to allow local people to discuss management of Forestry Commission land in the Invermoriston area. These events will be held during July.

Up to date information on traffic management measures will be available on the Traffic Scotland web site.

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Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Tha FCS pàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba; a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìon, a' cumail smachd air, agus a' leudachadh choilltean gus buannachdan a choileanadh dha coimhearsnachdan, dhan eaconamaidh agus ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh sa ghnàth-shìde.
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