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Essential Maintenance for A86 Allt A’Ghaill Culvert

5th of February 2024, 8:00pm to 7th of March 2024, 6:00am

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Essential maintenance work is to resume on the A86 Allt A’Ghaill culvert on 5 February 2024 for approximately five weeks.

The culvert supports the A86 trunk road approximately two miles east of Laggan. The project was previously scheduled to be completed in early December, but was postponed due to an unrecorded BT Fibre Optic cable found in the south verge during the works. Following consultation with BT a solution has been agreed to allow works to resume safely.

The project involves essential masonry repairs as well as road safety improvements. These consist of safety barrier upgrades, and minor carriageway widening and realignment. The culvert carries the A86 single carriageway over the Allt A’Ghaill watercourse. These works are being carried out to maintain the structure and avoid further, more extensive repairs in future.

The A86 carriageway will be reduced to one lane at the works site, with two-way temporary traffic lights in place for the duration of the scheme. This will allow teams safe access and protect workers and road users. The carriageway widening and surfacing works over the bridge will require four overnight closures of the A86. These are scheduled for 6, 7 and 8 February and 7 March. This will be confirmed and advertised in advance with planning to minimise disruption with a signed diversion route in place.

Ian Stewart, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “This essential maintenance project will see this culvert on the A86 fully repaired with added road safety improvements, allowing it to operate safely for years to come.

“We will do everything possible to complete this essential maintenance as quickly and safely as possible.  We thank all road users for their patience in advance and we encourage them to plan ahead by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date journey information and leave some extra time to complete their journeys.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.traffic.gov.scot, or X @trafficscotland.