Published: 12/04/2018 07:00 - Updated: 06/04/2018 13:57

Works to begin on rockfall road ahead of closure

Written byHector MacKenzie

A ROCKFALL-prone area of Lochalsh is poised for another probe, paving the way for remedial work later in the year.

The annual inspection of the rock face adjacent to the Stromeferry bypass, which is part of the A890 route along the south shore of Loch Carron, will begin on Monday, April 16.

Geotechnical engineers from AECOM will undertake the inspection with the assistance of rope access contractor Geo-Rope Ltd.

Traffic lights will be required during the planned inspection for the safety of the workforce and those using the road.

Drivers are being advised that minor delays are anticipated and that the works are likely to take five days to complete.

Major remedial works to the slope to the west of the avalanche shelter near Attadale are programmed to take place from September 3 for a period of 12 weeks.

As the rock slope in this section is very close to the A890 road and the railway line, the road will need to close for safety reasons while the work is under way.

Highland Council is working with Network Rail to design a bypass which will allow cars and light vehicles to use the railway between the scheduled timetabled trains.

A 7.5-tonne weight restriction is likely to be in place for the temporary bypass diversion during the work, with priority being given to emergency vehicles. The road is expected to remain closed overnight with traffic diverted via Invermoriston, a diversion of 140 miles.

Full details and a timetable for the road-to-rail diversion will be publicised nearer the time.

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