Improvements on way to Soroba Road

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Published Date: 

15 Sep 2017 - 18:11

VITAL road improvement works will be carried out in Oban next month.

The programme will be see patching work, drainage repairs and kerb replacement done in Soroba Road.

Argyll and Bute Council will start work on Monday 9 October and will be on site for a minimum of five days.

The Council is investing around £35,000 in the improvements. They are part of the Council’s wider £3.6 million roads capital investment programme.

Policy Lead for Roads and Amenity Services, Councillor Roddy McCuish, said: “These are essential works that will benefit local residents, businesses and our many visitors.

“Once completed, they will make it easier for traffic to move in and out of Oban.

“We have scheduled the roadworks for the school holidays when there tends to be less traffic and fewer pedestrians. This, along with our robust traffic management systems, will ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum.”

Along with the patching work, the current drainage channel systems either side of Miller Road will be replaced, along with a gully outside Lorn Resource Centre and a manhole cover in the centre lane. The kerbs at Mathieson House will also be replaced.

During the roadworks there will be single lane traffic along Soroba Road, controlled by temporary traffic lights. The lights will be in place on the stretch of road between the Lynn Road and Sinclair Drive junctions on Soroba Road.

No access or exit will be available at Miller Road, which will be closed at the junction with Soroba to the Mathieson House entrance, with diversions via Sinclair Drive and Quarry Road. There will be no exit available at Lynn Road, to simplify traffic management through the works. Lynn will be closed from Soroba Road to the entrance to Dunlonan/Buildbase.

All traffic in Lochavullin and Mill Lane will gain access to Soroba Road via Lochside and Market streets. The southbound bus route from Soroba Lane bus stop will also follow this diversion.  At Market Street, the restriction of right turns will be suspended to allow traffic to turn left or right under ‘give way’.

These restrictions will be in place 24 hours a day.

Parking bays will be suspended the full length of Combie Street from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. Parking will also be suspended in Sinclair Drive (both sides full length) and Quarry Road (Sinclair Drive to Miller Road, full length) from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.

Councillor McCuish added: “Thanks in advance to the people of Oban for their patience while the Council completes this much-needed work.”