Initially planned for last year, the long awaited resurfacing of the A82, at Onich, starts on Sunday 24th February.
Before Christmas, I met with Transport Scotland to discuss details of the road works. I wanted to ensure the disruption, which is inevitable when resurfacing 1.3 miles of trunk road, is kept to an absolute minimum for local residents. The most important aspect was making sure that all the work is complete before tourists start arriving, ahead of the Easter Holiday. There is a commitment from Transport Scotland that, weather permitting, everything will be finished in time. Unfortunately, there is still no recognition of the cumulative effect of road works around Fort William, as daytime works will continue during the same period as tree felling at Glen Righ. Transport Scotland refuses to accept that multiple delays due to road works have an economic impact in Lochaber.
How will the work affect local motorists?
From Sunday 24th February
Sunday – Thursday overnight (9pm-6am) works for two weeks. Due to restricted road widths, it will be necessary to carry out the works during this period under a full road closure.
From Monday 11th March
Monday – Friday daytime (7am-6pm) works for two weeks. During this period, the works will be carried out under temporary traffic signals and 10mph convoy working.
Although there is no diversion route during these closures, the road will be opened at intervals to allow essential waiting traffic to pass. In addition, any driver requiring emergency access through the works should phone Fort William Police office on 01397 702361.