Residents from the Acharacle, Arisaig and Mallaig areas are likely to be affected by road works on the A830, announced by BEAR Scotland today, which will see the replacement of the bridge over the Allt Dearg watercourse. The bridge is located between Glenfinnan and Ranochan approximately 4 miles west of Glenfinnan; to see the exact location follow this link.
Works will commence in June 2014, taking approximately 6 months to complete. BEAR Scotland say they will endeavour to keep disruption to traffic using the A830 to a minimum and anticipate only occasional short delays to journeys. During construction the road will be reduced in width to a single lane over the length of the site and a temporary road diversion will be formed to the north of the A830. This will include a temporary bridge over the Allt Dearg. Traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic lights over the length of the site.
The bridge is being replaced because it fails to meet current standards, and will increase the carriageway and verge widths, as well as improving road safety in the area. This work is part of Transport Scotland’s programme to improve safety on this trunk road, including the replacement of several bridges over the next few years.