Roads and bridges update

Extreme weather in October affected roads and bridges across the area. Our teams have been working hard to get the network moving again, and have made various routes and bridges safe for use again.

Please find below information on progress on routes still affected
Latest update 23 February 2024. Next update Friday 1 March 2024.

A816 (near Ardfern)

Please find below an update on the A816 - 

  • The emergency road opened, under convoy, on 16 December.
  • We are continuing to clear the existing A816 road. We have now removed over 15,000 tonnes of debris and are constructing a bund to offer additional protection. 
  • We will re-open the main road once the bunds, catch pits and attenuation fencing are installed. This should take four to six weeks to construct once the land access is secured.

You can find more detail about the work we are doing here - A816 Landslip

U14 at Scammadale - weight restrictions in place

  • The road is open but for safety reasons is restricted to 3.5 tonnes
  • The embankment supporting the road was damaged due to exceptionally high river levels caused by the extreme rainfall. 
  • The road will be closed from 10pm to 7am on weeknights (except to emergency vehicles) to allow the essential repairs to progress safely
  • Our contractor continues to support local residents with fuel deliveries while this repair work continues.
  • We were working to a revised completion date of mid to late February. Unfortunately the wet weather, combined with the soils being deeper than expected, meant we had to change from using a 20 tonne drilling machine to using an A frame machine which can deal with deeper soils. This is slower and takes longer to set up for each action.
  • Work to make the route safe for all use involves installing rock anchors. As the rock is significantly deeper than anticipated (9m rather than 3m), the programme of works is taking longer than expected. Our approach however is delivering progress - soil nails for the active mesh below the road are complete; the area of deep soil cover has been drilled; the lower retaining wall is installed, along with micropiles and anchors; the excavation for the foundation is underway. We are working to complete this by 28 March, subject to weather conditions..

You can find more detail about the work we are doing here - U14 Scammadale - detailed updates

U21 at Slockavullin - weight restrictions in place 

  • The road is open but for safety reasons the bridge is restricted to 3.5 tonnes while we progress repairs.
  • The bridge itself was damaged in the extreme weather, with high water levels washing part of it away. 
  • We have completed the emergency works to the bridge and now have to undertake work on the riverbed. We plan to complete this in late January when the water levels are expected to be lower.
  • We’ll re-inspect the structure at the end of the winter to determine if further work is needed.

 You can find more detail about the work we are doing here - U21 Slockavullin - detailed updates

C30 West Loch Awe near Kilmaha 

  • The embankment supporting the road at the C30 washed away near Kilmaha.
  • We are progressing with stabilisation works which include the use of soil nails to reinforce the embankment
  • Work is on track. We’ve installed a lower retaining wall and anchors on the downslope section. Rock in the mid-section was very deep which required long anchors and deep drilling. The upper slope mesh and the roadside filter drain have been installed. 
  • We expect work will be complete by the end of March, depending on the weather which would affect the concrete works.

 You can find more detail about the work we are doing here - - C30 West Loch Awe - detailed updates 

For information about any disruptions to other roads, bridges and bin collections, please see our service disruptions page

There is information on our website about other elements of the weather recovery work we are doing - moving on in Argyll and Bute.

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