BEAR Scotland gives A83 update

Work is now well underway to clear sections of the A83 affected by landslips after heavy rain over the weekend.

BEAR Scotland says within the road closed section of the A83 between Inverary and the Rest and Be Thankful, six further landslips have been identified. It has removed 9,500 tonnes of debris from the A83 so far, with a further approximately 2,000 tonnes on the hillside likely to need to be removed before the road can safely open.

Teams are on site monitoring the condition of the hillside and undertaking clear-up operations where it is deemed safe to do so. 

The area around the A83 Rest and Be Thankful saw a month’s worth of rainfall, around 160mm, fall over 36 hours. The catch pits and fences stopped around 2,500 tonnes of debris and have ensured that only a small amount reached the road at the Rest and Be Thankful itself. This section is now clear.

Road closures will remain in place between Inverarary and Tarbet due to landslides both sides of Dunoon junction. The hard closure point is at Ardgarten, with Road Closed Ahead at Tarbet.

The Old Military Road is unaffected by the recent weather, but access on the local road network is restricted in addition to the A83 closure.

(Picture – BEAR Scotland)


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