£1.73m capital roads maintenance plan for MAKI

Published Date: 

5 Mar 2020 - 15:33
Roadworks sign

The planned capital roads programme for 2020/21 includes an allocation of just over £1.73m for Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands.

The programme will focus on a mix of carriageway resurfacing schemes that deliver the best value for money for the roads’ network. It does not simply concentrate on roads in the worst condition, but also treats roads at an earlier stage to prevent them deteriorating further.

Surface dressing schemes are used when the skid resistance of the road surface is poor or the road surface needs to be sealed before it fails. This helps reduce the amount of reactive maintenance for potholes.

Progressing schemes that provide the best rate of return maximises benefit to the traveling public and keeps Argyll and Bute moving.

One of the main projects in the area is the B8001 road in Kintyre, which has been affected by land slips. Tests are being arranged and the final design is expected to involve stabilising the soil with synthetic material, known as Geogrid. This process is typically used on retaining walls at the base of railway embankments to keeps soil from falling on to the track. Once that is complete, the road surface will be re-laid.

Councillor Robin Currie, Policy Lead for Housing, Roads and Infrastructure Services, said: “We are confident in our approach to maintaining our roads.

“Given the limited funding available, and the vast and varied network of carriageway for which we are responsible, it is encouraging to see that there is a gradual, year-on-year improvement in most of our roads. I am also pleased that the council agreed additional monies at the recent budget - £700k across Argyll and Bute - to further help with road capital improvements.”

More details about the capital roads programme, including starting times and progress updates, should be available on the council website www.argyll-bute.gov.uk from April.

Notes: The provisional programme for MAKI is:

Mid Argyll

Road

Scheme Name

Estimated Value

Proposed Scheme Details

A816

Corran - Bishopton Rd

£100,000

Inlay 100mm deep reconstruction

A816

North of Hill Park

£120,000

Drainage, edge strengthening

Geogrid & overlay

B8025

Lady Glassary Wood -

Dalvore Jct

£35,000

Regulate & Surface Dress

C42

Barnluasgan - Castle

Sween

£216,000

Regulate & Surface Dress

 

C43

Brae Road Ardrishaig

£36,000

Inlay , Pre SD & Surface Dressing

A816

Tibertich Northwards

£72,500

Carriageway widening & Rock excavation / embankment fill + Co-Funded STTS bid £72.5k tbc

 

Kintyre

Road

Scheme Name

Estimated Value

Proposed Scheme Details***

B8001

Auchmeanach Farm

Slip

£220,000

Geogrid & Overlay

 

B8001

Auchmeanach Farm

Slip

£72,500

Embankment Stabilisation additional funding towards Geogrid and overlay in-situ repairs

B842

Greenhill - Saddell

£105,000

Pre SD & Surface Dress

B879

B879 + Carradale

Streets

£130,000

Pre SD & Surface Dress

U51

Lighthouse Rd at

Feorlan - C18 Jct

£55,000

Pre SD & Surface Dress

 

 

Islay

Road

Scheme Name

Estimated Value

Proposed Scheme Details***

A846

Feolin

£40,000

Patching + Overlay for future

SD 

A846

Ballygrant - Emeraconart

£120,000

Pre SD & Surface Dress

 

A846

Laphroaig - Ardbeg

£160,000

Pre SD & Surface Dress

 

A846

Bridgend - Bowmore

£185,000

Pre SD & Surface Dress

 

A847

Portnahaven

£72,000

Regulate and overlay

  ENDS