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A82 clearance programme due to start next week.
A programme of tree and drainage clearance and the removal of loose rocks from the verge of the A82 is part of a major programme of enhanced maintenance works costing around £140,000 due to start next Monday on the route between Tarbet and Inverarnan.
This meets a pledge that Transport Minister Derek Mackay gave to the A82 Partnership last year to improve the route in advance of its upgrade.
The work is expected to be completed by Easter. Whilst plans have been made to ensure no road closures will be required, some temporary traffic management including traffic control via traffic lights and stop-go boards will be put in place to ensure roadworker and public safety.
Transport Scotland is also progressing design work on plans to upgrade the A82 between Tarbet and Inverarnan with the preferred route option going on public display last October. The next phase of the design work is now being progressed with a view to preparing draft Orders for the scheme.
Derek Mackay said:
"This ten mile section of road through stunning hills and by the banks of the iconic Loch Lomond has presented a real challenge as we have taken forward the design work.
"Last October we were able to let the public see and comment on the preferred route option to upgrade the road between Tarbet and Inverarnan, and we are now taking forward the next phase of design which will lead to the preparation of draft Orders.
"Last year I took a trip in an HGV to see for myself the challenges of driving the route and as a result I pledged to carry out a programme of measures to improve the route in advance of the upgrade for all road users, but particularly those driving long vehicles.
"This work will be getting underway next week and will include the clearing away of vegetation, overhanging trees and the removal of loose stones and rocks from the verge of the existing road as well as the clearance and improvement of the existing drainage system.
"We are committed to upgrading the A82 and have already completed the £5.5m Crianlarich Bypass and the £9.2m Pulpit Rock Improvements in addition to the £57m we have invested in the route since 2007, bringing significant improvements for road users and local communities who rely on this road to go about their day to day business.
"We are working hard on more longer terms upgrades between Tarbet and Invernan and in the meantime this enhanced maintenance of the route will improve in the shorter term the journey experience for everyone using this vital lifeline which connects businesses and communities in the Highlands and Islands with the central belt."
The maintenance works will require some traffic management to ensure safety for workers and the travelling public as the work will be taking place beside the road.
The traffic management arrangements will comprise relatively short lengths of alternate single file traffic controlled by temporary traffic signals and stop go boards.
Transport Scotland apologises for any inconvenience caused by the works and thanks road users and local communities for their patience.
The contractors for the works will closely monitor the operation of their traffic management to ensure that delays are kept to a minimum and that any incidents on site are quickly dealt with.
Road users are encouraged to visit the Traffic Scotland website at http://trafficscotland.org/ in advance of any journey to get the latest information on the traffic management arrangements.
Details of the A82 Tarbet to Inverarnan upgrade can be found at: http://www.transport.gov.scot/project/a82-tarbet-inverarnan-upgrade