A83 REST AND BE THANKFUL

October 22, 2020

© BEAR SCOTLAND

Thursday 22 October – 3.45PM

A83 REST AND BE THANKFUL TO CLOSE FOR SAFETY FROM 6PM DUE TO FURTHER RAIN FORECAST OVERNIGHT

• All traffic to be diverted via Old Military Road local diversion route from 6pm

• Monitoring of the hillside will continue overnight

• A83 will be inspected at first light with a view to reopening

• Mitigation work continues on hillside

 

The Old Military Road local diversion route is to be implemented for road users from 6pm this evening due to a further period of heavy rainfall expected in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

One lane of the A83 was reopened this morning under traffic signal control at around 8.45am, however the route will close from 6pm this evening as a safety precaution given the already saturated hillside at the Rest and Be Thankful. Vehicles will be convoyed along the Old Military Road local diversion, which runs parallel to the A83 through Glen Croe, throughout the night.

An estimated 96mm of rain has already fallen at the Rest and Be Thankful since Sunday night.

Teams continue to monitor the hillside and conditions in the area with engineers continuing with mitigation work on the route.

A geotechnical assessment will be undertaken from first light tomorrow (Friday) to determine if the A83 can safely reopen.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative, said: “We’ve assessed the hillside and the forecast weather conditions for this evening, and have taken the decision to close the A83 overnight tonight as a safety precaution.

“It is difficult for us to monitor the hillside and any sudden changes in conditions during the hours of darkness, particularly after several days of heavy rain, so we’re continuing to put the safety of motorists first and will close the A83 as a precaution overnight and utilise the OMR local diversion instead.

“We’ll review the situation tomorrow morning and carry out further assessments from first light to determine if we can reopen the A83 as before during the daytime.

“Further heavy rain is forecast in the coming days and we’ll be closely monitoring the weather conditions and the hillside at the Rest.

“As ever we’ll do everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum, and we thank all road users and the local community for their continued patience and understanding.”

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Thursday 22 October – 9.15AM

A83 REOPENS AT REST AND BE THANKFUL FOLLOWING SAFETY INSPECTION

• Route to remain under close observation due to further heavy rain forecast in coming days

• Local diversion via Old Military Road being kept on standby

• Mitigation work continues on hillside

 

The A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful reopened under traffic light control at around 8.45am this morning following a safety inspection.

Heavy rain since Sunday night prompted the closure of the road as a safety precaution, with all traffic diverted via the Old Military Road (OMR) local diversion route, which runs parallel to the A83 through Glen Croe, while teams carefully monitored the hillside. The standard diversion route was implemented early on Wednesday morning as a further precaution due to a blocked surface water channel above the OMR, however this was cleared and the OMR was able to re-open at 10.45am yesterday.

An early daylight inspection of the A83 and the hillside by geotechnical experts this morning enabled the road to be reopened.

Teams estimate around 96mm of rain has fallen in the area since Sunday night.

Further heavy rain is forecast in the coming days and teams will continue to carefully monitor the hillside and assess the route on a daily basis to determine whether it is safe to remain in operation.

The Old Military Road is being maintained in a state of readiness as a local diversion route should the A83 at the Rest be closed.

Engineers are continuing with mitigation work in the area including the installation of a debris pit, debris catch-fence and stabilisation work in the steep channel above the slope.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said; “The A83 reopened under traffic light control at around 8.45am this morning following a thorough safety assessment by our geotechnical team.

“Road user safety is a top priority and with more heavy rain forecast in the coming days we’re continuing to keep the use of the A83 under close review with geotechnical specialists on site carefully monitoring and assessing the hillside and conditions in the area.

“We’re leading on a safety-first approach with teams ready to mobilise use of the Old Military Road local diversion quickly to ensure road users can safely travel through Glen Croe should the A83 be closed as a precaution.

“We’ll endeavour to do all we can to keep disruption to a minimum. As ever we thank road users and the local community for their patience while we continue this work at the Rest.”

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Wednesday 21 October – 3.45PM

OLD MILITARY ROAD LOCAL DIVERSION TO REMAIN IN USE OVERNIGHT

• A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful remains closed as a safety precaution

• Geotechnical inspections and monitoring continues on hillside above A83

 

The Old Military Road local diversion route is to remain in use overnight tonight (Wednesday) as a safety precaution at the Rest and Be Thankful due to further rain forecast in the area.

The local diversion route, which runs parallel to the A83 through Glen Croe, will remain in use overnight under convoy operation with teams carrying out a full safety assessment of the A83 tomorrow morning (Thursday) to consider if it is safe to reopen.

The OMR local diversion route was previously closed from midnight on Wednesday morning due to concerns about an overflowing channel on the slope above the route, but was reopened at around 10.45am this morning following repairs to the channel and a full safety inspection.

Geotechnical inspections are ongoing across the hillside above the A83 following the recent heavy rainfall at the Rest. Around 86mm of rain is thought to have fallen in the area in the past 48 hours, with further rain expected overnight.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We’re taking a safety-first approach and have made the decision to keep the Old Military Road in operation overnight as a precaution due to the continued heavy rainfall in the area.

“Our geotechnical team are closely monitoring conditions at the Rest and are in the process of carrying out assessments of the slopes and steep channels above the A83, and wider hillside, following the most recent period of heavy rain.

“We’ll keep the OMR under close review overnight tonight and carry out a further assessment of the A83 tomorrow morning.

“In the meantime we thank the local community and all road users for their continued patience and we’ll do everything we can to ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum.”

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Wednesday 21 October – 12.15PM

OLD MILITARY ROAD REOPENED AT REST AND BE THANKFUL AFTER OVERNIGHT CLOSURE AS SAFETY PRECAUTION

• Local diversion route back in use following geotechnical assessment and safety inspection

• A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful remains closed as a safety precaution

• Further inspections continue on hillside above A83

 

The Old Military Road local diversion route has reopened to road users after being closed last night as a precautionary measure.

Traffic is now being convoyed through the single-track route, which runs parallel to the A83 through Glen Croe, after it reopened at around 10.45am. The standard diversion route via the A82, A85 and A819 was implemented from just after midnight but has since been stood down.

The Old Military Road was closed at around midnight last night after teams noted heavy volumes of water and silt were overflowing the banks of a watercourse channel on the lower slope between the A83 and the Old Military Road, prompting concerns it could impact the Old Military Road carriageway. Engineers have since completed a full geotechnical inspection of the slope below the A83 and carried out work to secure the channel, allowing the OMR local diversion route to reopen to traffic.

Given the volume of rainfall experienced in recent days, the A83 remains closed as a safety precaution while geotechnical inspections continue on the hillside.

An estimated 86mm of rain has fallen at the Rest and Be Thankful in the past 48 hours.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “The Old Military Road local diversion route has reopened to traffic after it was closed around midnight last night as a safety precaution.

“Our team identified that one of the channels had experienced a build-up of silt and water after a period of heavy rain, which was causing it to spill across land above the OMR, prompting us to implement a closure for safety.

“The issue has been addressed this morning and the water flow redirected back into the channel as before, allowing us to reopen the OMR.

“We’re continuing with further geotechnical inspections on the hillside above the A83 and paying close attention to weather conditions in the area.

“Safety of all road users is a top priority and we thank all the local community and motorists for their patience while we do everything we can to address the situation at the Rest.”

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Wednesday 21 October – 9am

OLD MILITARY ROAD CLOSED AT REST AND BE THANKFUL DUE TO HEAVY WATER FLOWS IN CHANNEL ABOVE ROUTE

• Geotechnical inspection underway

• A83 Rest and Be Thankful remains closed as a safety precaution

• All traffic being diverted via A82, A85 and A819

 

The Old Military Road was closed at around midnight last night after teams noted heavy volumes of water and silt was overflowing from one of the channels above the local diversion route, prompting concerns it could impact the Old Military Road carriageway.

A full geotechnical inspection began at first light of the Old Military Road and the slope above the local diversion route (below the A83), to determine the extent of the heavy water flows and stability of the channel and surrounding slope.

A further update will be provided once the inspection has taken place.

 

Tuesday 20 October – 4pm

OLD MILITARY ROAD LOCAL DIVERSION ROUTE TO REMAIN IN USE UNTIL WEDNESDAY MORNING

• Teams targeting reopening A83 under traffic light control mid-morning Wednesday subject to safety assessment

• Geotechnical specialists monitoring conditions on hillside

• Engineers continue with mitigation works

The Old Military Road local diversion route at the Rest and Be Thankful is to remain in use overnight tonight (Tuesday) with teams targeting reopening the A83 under traffic light control mid-morning on Wednesday following a safety assessment by geotechnical specialists at first light.

The local diversion route, which runs parallel to the A83, has been in use since Sunday evening due to heavy rainfall which prompted the closure of the A83 as a safety precaution.

Teams will remain on site to monitor conditions in the area once the A83 reopens, and engineers will also continue to progress with the installation of further mitigation measures on the hillside to provide further landslip resilience for the route.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We closed the A83 on Sunday evening as a safety precaution due to forecast heavy rain and we’ve been paying close attention to the weather conditions in the area.

“The Old Military Road has been operating well and will remain in use overnight as a local diversion for road users. We’re expecting to reopen one lane of the A83 mid-morning tomorrow (Wednesday), subject to an early morning safety inspection by geotechnical specialists.

“Teams will remain onsite to monitor conditions overnight and we will continue to progress our mitigation work on the A83 following its reopening.

“As ever we thank the local community and road users for their continued patience while we do everything we can to address the ongoing situation at the Rest.”

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Monday 19 October – 4.30pm

OLD MILITARY ROAD TO REMAIN IN USE AS LOCAL DIVERSION ROUTE DUE TO HEAVY RAIN

• Met Office yellow warning for rain in place until Tuesday

• A83 remains closed at Rest and be Thankful as safety precaution due to heavy rain

• Teams continue to monitor hillside and mitigation work continues

The Old Military Road local diversion route at the Rest and Be Thankful is to remain in use overnight and throughout Tuesday due to forecast heavy rain in the area.

The local diversion route, which runs parallel to the A83 through Glen Croe, was implemented around 6pm yesterday evening with traffic being convoyed along the single-track road.

A Met Office yellow warning for heavy rain is currently in place until 9am tomorrow across the central belt and south west coast.

Heavy rain is forecast at the Rest and Be Thankful until early Wednesday morning.

Geotechnical specialists are on site monitoring the hillside and the impact of the weather conditions in the area. Engineers are continuing to implement further mitigation measures at the A83, which once complete will provide further landslip resilience to the route.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “Heavy rain has been falling throughout the day and with more rain forecast tomorrow we’ve taken the decision to keep the Old Military Road in use as a local diversion route through until Wednesday morning as a safety precaution.

“We’re paying close attention to the weather conditions in the area and our geotechnical specialists are carefully monitoring the hillside.

“The Old Military Road local diversion route is operating well, and teams will continue to do all they can to minimise disruption as much as possible.

“Safety of road users remains our top priority and as ever we thank road users and the local community for their continued patience.”

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Sunday 18 October – 11:40 AM

BEAR SCOTLAND TEAMS ON STANDBY FOR HEAVY RAIN

  • Met Office Yellow warning for rain across parts of country on Monday and Tuesday

  • A83 Rest and Be Thankful to close at 6pm on Sunday evening as a safety precaution

  • Old Military Road to resume operation as A83 local diversion route.

BEAR Scotland teams are on standby as heavy rain is forecast to impact the west coast of Scotland on Monday and Tuesday.

The Met Office has issued a Yellow warning for heavy rain across parts of the country from 03:00 on Monday to 09:00 on Tuesday.

As a safety precaution, the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful will close from 6pm this evening (Sunday), with all traffic diverted via the Old Military Road (OMR) which runs parallel to the A83 through Glen Croe. This follows the recent landslips in the area and concerns from geotechnical engineers about the impact of such heavy rain on the scarred hillside.   We will continue to keep the situation under review but the diversion to the OMR may remain in place over the course of Monday and Tuesday.  The timing for re-opening of the A83 will be determined from the safety inspections to be conducted once the weather front has passed.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “The weather forecast for Monday and Tuesday indicates that heavy rainfall is expected, which could have an impact on the hillside situated above the A83.

“We continue to implement a safety-first approach and have taken the decision to close the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful from 6pm this evening with all traffic diverted via the Old Military Road through the glen.   Our geotechnical team will monitor conditions throughout Monday and Tuesday with a view to reopening the A83 once the weather front has passed and following a thorough safety inspection.

“Our 24/7 control room team will also be monitoring conditions across the whole network to help coordinate resource where required and help keep motorists moving.

“We encourage all road users to plan ahead and check Traffic Scotland for the latest travel advice before setting out.”

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Friday 9 October – 8.30AM

A83 REST AND BE THANKFUL REOPENED UNDER TRAFFIC LIGHT CONTROL FOLLOWING SAFETY ASSESSMENT

• Engineers continue with mitigation work in area

The A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful reopened under traffic light control shortly after 7.30am this morning following a safety inspection.

The route was closed as a safety precaution overnight due to heavy rain in the area. All traffic was diverted via the Old Military Road local diversion route which runs parallel to the A83 through Glen Croe.

Around 100 tonnes of slurry and run-off from the hillside gradually filled one of the catch pits due to the heavy rain. The catch-pit will be emptied by teams throughout the day. No material reached the A83 carriageway overnight.

Engineers are continuing with work on further landslip mitigation work in the area including a debris catch fence on the hillside and a larger catch pit.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “Last night we closed the A83 overnight as a safety precaution as prolonged heavy rainfall showers were forecast in the area.

“We reopened the road shortly after 7.30am following a safety inspection by out geotechnical specialists and agreement with Police Scotland.

“Teams will continue with work to construct further mitigation measures in the area, as well as to empty one of the catch-pits which prevented around 100 tonnes of slurry and hillside run-off from reaching the road during last night’s heavy rain.

“As ever we thank all road users for their patience while we do everything we can to address the situation at the Rest and Be Thankful.”

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Thursday 8 October – 4.30PM

OLD MILITARY ROAD LOCAL DIVERSION TO BE USED OVERNIGHT AS HEAVY RAIN IS FORECAST AT REST AND BE THANKFUL

• A83 Rest and Be Thankful to close overnight from 6pm Thursday as a safety precaution due to forecast heavy rain

• Road expected to reopen under traffic light control on Friday morning

Road users at the A83 Rest and Be Thankful will be diverted to the Old Military Road local diversion route from 6pm tonight (Thursday) due to forecast heavy rain.

Prolonged heavy rainfall showers are forecast overnight in the Argyll area, with the decision taken to close the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful from 6pm as a safety precaution. All road users will be diverted to the OMR, a single track road which runs parallel to the A83 through Glen Croe, overnight on Thursday.

The A83 is expected to reopen on Friday morning under traffic light control following a safety inspection at first light.

Teams continue to construct further mitigation measures at the Rest and Be Thankful following two major landslips in August and September. These measures include work to stabilise the recently formed steep channel above the A83, construction of a debris fence and a catch pit.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “Tonight’s forecast has indicated periods of intense heavy rainfall which could have the ability to impact on the hillside above the A83.

“We’re leading on a safety-first approach and therefore the A83 will close as a safety precaution from around 6pm with all traffic being diverted via the Old Military Road local diversion route overnight.

“We expect to reopen the road tomorrow morning after a safety inspection at first light. As ever we thank road users and the local community for their patience while we do everything we can to address the ongoing situation at the Rest.”

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Friday 2 October – 4.45PM

BEAR SCOTLAND TEAMS ON STANDBY FOR HEAVY RAINFALL

• Amber warning for rain across north east Scotland on Saturday night

• Yellow warning for rain across north and east coasts throughout weekend

• A83 Rest and Be Thankful to close Saturday mid-afternoon as a safety precaution

• Old Military Road to resume operation as A83 local diversion route from Saturday mid-afternoon until Sunday afternoon

 

BEAR Scotland teams are on standby for heavy rain across much of Scotland this weekend as heavy rain and high winds are set to impact the country.

The Met Office has issued an Amber warning for heavy rain across parts of the north east of Scotland from 6pm on Saturday to 6am on Sunday morning. A Yellow warning is in force across the eastern area of the country as well as the northern coasts from 3am tomorrow morning until 12 noon on Sunday. As much as 60mm rain is expected to fall in parts of the north east with localised gusts of between 40 and 50mph forecast as a result of the storm over the weekend.

The decision has been taken to close the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful and redirect traffic to the Old Military Road (OMR) from mid-afternoon on Saturday, with teams expecting to reopen the A83 on Sunday afternoon once the rain passes. This follows the recent landslips in the area and concerns from geotechnical engineers about the impact of such heavy rain on the scarred hillside. The timing of the use of the OMR, a single lane road which runs parallel to the A83 through Glen Croe, will depend on actual weather experienced on site and will be kept to a minimum as much as possible.

BEAR Scotland incident response teams will be on high alert to deal with any issues brought in by Storm Alex across trunk roads in the north east and north west of Scotland. Landslide patrols are being deployed across trunk roads in the north west to provide additional response and monitoring of conditions on the ground. All response teams have pumps to deal with any excess water with four gully tankers also available to help clear any larger incidents of flooding on the network. Landscaping teams are on standby and equipped with chainsaws to help remove any fallen trees.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “This weekend sees various severe weather warnings in place across large areas of Scotland, with heavy rain and high winds expected to have an impact across most of the country. Our teams in both the north east and north west areas are on standby to deal with any incident which impacts the networks we maintain.

“With heavy rain forecast in the Argyll area we’ve taken the decision to close the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful from Saturday mid-afternoon and divert traffic via the OMR as a safety precaution, with a view to reopening the road on Sunday afternoon once the storm passes.

“We’re leading with a safety-first approach and the advice from our geotechnical team is that this weekend’s weather could have an impact on the steep channels on the hillside, and we’ll be closely monitoring conditions in the area throughout the weekend.

“We’re expecting to reopen the A83 under traffic light control on Sunday afternoon following a safety inspection once the storm has passed.

“We have arranged for patrols of the network to be completed at affected areas through the warning period and we also have our incident response teams available to deal with any flooding issues across trunk roads in the north, as well as gully tankers and pumps on standby to help ensure trunk roads are kept clear.

“Our 24/7 control room team will also be monitoring conditions across the whole network to help coordinate resource where required and help keep motorists moving.

“We encourage all road users to plan ahead and check Traffic Scotland for the latest travel advice before setting out.”

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Thursday 1 October – 9.35AM

A83 REOPENS AT REST AND BE THANKFUL FOLLOWING SAFETY INSPECTION

• Mitigation work continues on hillside

 

The A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful has reopened under traffic light control at around 7.45AM after it was closed as a safety precaution yesterday morning.

Heavy rain in the area on Wednesday prompted teams to divert all traffic via the Old Military Road local diversion route, which runs parallel to the A83 through Glen Croe, as a safety precaution while teams carefully monitored the hillside above the road.

The road and hillside were carefully inspected this morning and the A83 was reopened following the green light from geotechnical experts.

Mitigation work continues on the hillside and recently formed steep channel above the A83 to create further landslip resilience for the route.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said; “The A83 reopened under traffic light control this morning following a thorough safety assessment by our geotechnical team.

“Safety of all road users is our top priority, and we closed the road yesterday morning as a safety precaution.

“We’ll continue to closely monitor weather conditions and gather feedback from the geotechnical team on the hillside. Our teams are continuing with the development of further mitigation work which will provide additional landslip resilience for the A83.

“As ever we thank road users and the local community for their patience while we continue this work at the Rest.”

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Wednesday 30 September – 6.00PM

OLD MILITARY ROAD LOCAL DIVERSION ROUTE TO REMAIN IN USE OVERNIGHT DUE TO CONTINUED HEAVY RAIN

• Teams target mid-morning reopening of A83 on Thursday

• Geotechnical specialists continue to monitor conditions

 

The Old Military Road local diversion route is to remain in use overnight as a safety precaution due to continued heavy rain in the area.

The OMR local diversion route, a private single-track road which runs parallel to the A83 through Glen Croe, was implemented at around 8am this morning (Wednesday) with traffic being convoyed through the area.

Heavy rain has been experienced throughout the day and geotechnical specialists remain on site monitoring conditions on the hillside above the A83.

The A83 carriageway is expected to reopen tomorrow (Thursday) mid-morning under traffic light control following a full safety assessment in the area.

Teams are continuing to carry out mitigation work on the hillside to provide further protection for the A83.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We’ve been closely monitoring the weather forecast as well as conditions on site throughout the day and we’ve taken the decision to keep the Old Military Road in use overnight for road users as a safety precaution.

“Conditions are set to improve overnight so we’re targeting reopening the A83 under traffic light control mid-morning tomorrow following a full safety and geotechnical inspection.

“We need to ensure safety of road users is prioritised at all times, and as ever we appreciate and thank the local community and all road users for their patience. Argyll remains for business and we’ll continue to do everything we can to keep any disruption to a minimum.”

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Wednesday 30 September – 9.15am

 

OLD MILITARY ROAD IN USE AS LOCAL DIVERSION FOR MOTORISTS DUE TO FORECAST HEAVY RAIN

• A83 closed at Rest and Be Thankful as a safety precaution

• Geotechnical specialists on site monitoring conditions

 

The Old Military Road at the Rest and Be Thankful has been activated as a local diversion route for road users as a safety precaution due to heavy rainfall in the area.

Sustained heavy rain is forecast throughout the day and geotechnical specialists are on site monitoring conditions on the hillside and in the area.

Engineers are continuing to work on further mitigation measures on the hillside following two major landslips in recent months.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “Heavy rain has been impacting the area since early morning and with more forecast throughout the day we’ve taken the decision to divert all road users via the Old Military Road local diversion route as a precaution.

“Our geotechnical experts have advised that the rain could have an impact on the hillside so we’ve taken a safety-first approach and our teams will continue to carefully monitor the area throughout the day.

“Safety of road users remains our top priority and we’ll do everything we can to ensure any disruption is minimised as much as possible.”

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Wednesday 23 September – 9.00AM

A83 REST AND BE THANKFUL REOPENS UNDER TRAFFIC LIGHT CONTROL AFTER LANDSLIP REPAIR WORK COMPLETE

• Engineers continue with further mitigation work in area

The A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful reopened under traffic light control this morning at around 7.35am after a series of repairs and clear-up operations were completed following a landslide on Sunday 13 September.

The road was inspected by Police Scotland and geotechnical specialists for a final safety check before reopening one lane to road users.

Engineers will continue to carry out further mitigation work in the area.

Teams worked round the clock since the landslip occurred earlier in September to complete a series of repairs and clear-up operations.

Around 2,000 tonnes of material reached the A83 following a period of intense heavy rainfall early morning on Sunday 13 September.

The A83 and Old Military Road had already been closed as a precaution on Saturday evening with all traffic being diverted overnight.

As the weather continued further debris continued to reach the road, with a total of 5,000 tonnes of material thought to have moved as a result of the landslip. Teams began clear-up operations on Monday 14 September which involved clearing the debris and boulders from the road, carrying out repairs to an undermined section of road and the reinstatement of a large debris catch fence and roadside safety barrier.

Traffic was diverted via the Old Military Road from Tuesday 15 September until the road reopened this morning.

The landslip in September occurred at the same location as an earlier landslip which happened on 4 August. The A83 was closed while teams completed a series of complex repairs to the carriageway, embankment and steep channel above the road before the route reopened just under five weeks later.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “The A83 reopened under traffic light control shortly after 7.35am following a final safety inspection with representatives from Police Scotland and our geotechnical team.

“Teams are continuing with mitigation work in the area to provide further landslip resilience to the route. We’re also continuing with work on the next phase of catch-pit installation on the A83 which will add further landslip mitigation in the area.

“Teams have worked round the clock to reopen the A83 as quickly as possible, and we thank the local community and motorists for their support and patience while we did everything we could to address the most recent landslip at the Rest.”

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What Has Happened at the Rest and Be Thankful?

• A large landslide occurred on the evening of Tuesday 4 August at the Rest and Be Thankful blocking the road after around 100mm of rain fell in the Argyll area.
• The source of the landslip was located around 200m high above the A83, which split into two main channels as it spread out in a “fan effect” down the hillside. One of the channels filtered into one of the landslip mitigation catch-pits which prevented around 2,000 tonnes of material from reaching the road, with around 1,500 tonnes of debris reaching the carriageway at the second channel. Car-sized boulders also reached the roadside in the debris. A further 2,000 tonnes of material was washed onto the Old Military Road.
• In total, the landslide is thought to have moved around 10,000 tonnes of debris on the hillside following detailed geotechnical calculations of the hillside, making it one of the largest landslips in recent times. Earlier estimates put the original figure at 6,000 tonnes.
• On Wednesday 5 August teams worked to begin the initial clear-up operations and carry out geotechnical assessments and safety investigations into the damage caused by the landslip. The flow of debris from the A83 and accompanying water flow from Tuesday’s heavy rain caused significant scouring to the embankment slope below the A83, which undermined the road and demolished the roadside safety barrier. For safety the road and OMR remained closed.
• On Thursday 6 August a further 100 tonnes of material reached the carriageway overnight via the steep channel scoured out by Tuesday’s landslip, exposing large boulders. Teams worked to make these boulders safe using water-bags dropped into position from a helicopter as well as using a high-pressured hydraulic ‘jack’ to force the boulders into a new, safer position further down the steep channel.
• Teams completed the clear-up of 2,000 tonnes of debris from the OMR on Friday 7 August and began work to construct a protective bund and channel parallel to the roadside.
• The Old Military Road was opened under convoy operations as a local diversion route 24 hours a day on Saturday 8 August at 9:15am.
• Weather Warnings for heavy rain overnight on Monday 10 August, Tuesday 11 August and Wednesday 12 August meant the OMR closed overnight from 9pm, with motorists diverted via the usual standard diversion route on the A83, A82, A85 and A819.
• A period of dry weather meant the OMR was in use 24 hours a day from Thursday 13 August while teams continued with repairs to the A83.
• Designs to repair the A83 were completed and work started on stabilising the embankment beneath the carriageway. To view a simulation of the repairs visit BEAR Scotland’s North West twitter page: https://twitter.com/NWTrunkRoads/status/1293910456235483142
• On Tuesday 18 August a Yellow Met Office weather warning for heavy rain meant the OMR was closed for safety from 12 noon until 6am on Thursday 19 August. More heavy rain forecast overnight on Wednesday 19 August meant the OMR closed overnight between 9pm and 6am.
• Increasingly heavy rain on Thursday 20 August meant the OMR closed from 7.25pm until around midday on Friday 21 August. The route was in operation until midnight when it closed for safety due to forecast heavy rain overnight.
• On Saturday 22 August the OMR opened around 8.30am but closed shortly after at around 10.30am due to movement of debris and boulders on hillside.
• On Sunday 23 August work was undertaken to stabilise boulders on the hillside which allowed the Old Military Road to reopen at around 6pm.
• The Old Military Road continued to be in use 24/7 and with teams working round the clock to complete the programme of repairs on the A83.
• The A83 reopened under traffic light control at around 10.25am on Monday 7 September.
• The A83 and OMR were closed on Saturday 12 September due to forecast intense rain. This triggered another landslide which brought over 2,000 tonnes of material to the A83 with some reaching the OMR. The debris flows continued throughout Sunday making it difficult to assess the area or begin clear-up operations.
• Teams began clearing up the second landslip on Monday 14 September.
• A total of 5,000 tonnes of material is thought to have reached the A83 and OMR from the second landslip.
• The OMR local diversion route reopened at 6.10am Tuesday 15 September.
• The local diversion route was closed overnight Tuesday 15 September before reopening at 7.25am Wednesday morning and has since remained operational 24 hours a day.
• Repairs were completed on Wednesday morning with the A83 reopened under traffic light control around 7.35am. Teams are continuing to carry out further mitigation work in the area.

 

Tuesday 22 September – 2.45PM

A83 REST AND BE THANKFUL ON TRACK TO REOPEN UNDER TRAFFIC LIGHT CONTROL MID-MORNING TOMORROW SUBJECT TO WEATHER CONDITIONS

• Repair work nearing completion at Rest and Be Thankful

• Old Military Road to remain open as local diversion route overnight

 

Teams working to repair the A83 at the Rest and be Thankful are on track to reopen the road under traffic light control mid-morning tomorrow (Wednesday), subject to weather conditions in the area.

A safety review will take place tomorrow morning to assess if it is safe to reopen one lane of the A83 following a second major landslip in the area on Sunday 13 August. Teams will continue with work to complete further mitigation measures in the area once the road reopens.

Engineers have been working round the clock to complete a series of repairs and clear the material and debris from the road following the landslide. Today teams are working to re-erect the debris fencing next to the carriageway and clearing the remaining silt and material from the road ahead of the route reopening tomorrow.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We’re on track to safely reopen the road mid-morning tomorrow under traffic light control however we’ll continue to pay close attention to weather conditions.

“The Old Military Road will continue to be used as a local diversion route overnight until the road can be safely reopened following an inspection by our teams and Police Scotland.

“As ever we thank the local community and road users for their patience while we do everything we can to reopen the A83 quickly and safely. Argyll remains open for business and we’re working round the clock to address the situation at the Rest.”

Real-time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

Monday 21 September – 4.45PM

A83 SET TO REOPEN UNDER TRAFFIC LIGHT CONTROL ON WEDNESDAY WEATHER PERMITTING

• Repairs continue on A83

• Old Military Road to remain open overnight

 

The A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful is expected to reopen under traffic light control on Wednesday subject to weather conditions in the area.

Engineers are continuing to work 24/7 to repair the A83 following a major landslide earlier this month.

Today (Monday) teams have been progressing with work to reinstate the road safety barrier along the edge of the A83 and re-erect the temporary debris fence next to the steep channel above the road.

The Old Military Road will remain open as a local diversion route overnight for road users.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “Repairs are progressing well and we’re expecting to reopen the A83 under traffic light control at some point on Wednesday although this will depend on progress on Tuesday when a period of heavy rain is forecast.

“Over the weekend engineers have worked to reinstate the road safety barrier and reinstall the debris catch-fence which is anchored along the A83 to provided additional resilience and protect road users.

“The OMR has been operating well as a local diversion route for road users over the last week and will continue to be in use overnight.

“Argyll remains very much open for business and as ever we thank road users and the local community for their continued patience while we do everything we can to address the most recent landslip at the Rest and reopen the road safely.”

Real-time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

 

Friday 18 September – 3.30PM

 

REPAIR WORK CONTINUES AT REST AND BE THANKFUL

  • Old Military Road to remain open Friday night

Engineers at the Rest and Be Thankful are progressing with repair work to the A83 carriageway after it was damaged by a major landslip on Sunday morning.

Clear up operations and drain cleaning have continued today in preparation for the installation of a catch fence and vehicle restraint systems over the weekend.

The Old Military Road local diversion route remains open for road users and will be in operation overnight tonight (Friday).  Teams are continuing to closely monitor weather conditions which will be reviewed on a daily basis to assess if it is safe to keep the OMR in operation.

Engineers will continue to work round the clock to complete the repairs to the A83.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “Today teams are continuing to clear debris and boulders and cleaning the road surface to allow access to erect barriers over the weekend.

“The Old Military Road has been operating well the past couple of days and will continue to be in use overnight tonight (Friday).  We’ll continue to assess the route on a daily basis to determine if it safe to remain in use for road users.

“Our teams will continue to work 24 hours a day to complete the repairs at the Rest.  As ever we thank the local community and all road users for their patience while we complete this programme of repairs.  Argyll remains open for business and we’ll continue to do everything we can to get the road open as quickly and safely as we can.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

Thursday 17 September – 3:30PM

CLEARANCE WORK CONTINUES AT REST AND BE THANKFUL FOLLOWING LANDSLIDE

  • Old Military Road to remain in use overnight on Thursday

The repair of damage to the A83 caused by a large landslip on Sunday morning is continuing today with good progress being made with clear up operations.

A short section of embankment supporting the road was eroded due to large volumes of water and debris washing over the edge of the road. Engineers have designed a repair and that is being implemented by the teams on site today (Thursday) and tomorrow.

Now that much of the debris has been removed a clearer view of all the work required to reopen the road is now possible. Teams plan on undertaking the repairs 24 hours a day to reopen the road as quickly as possible. Early indications are that the work to reopen should be completed around the middle of next week, subject to weather conditions.

The Old Military Road local diversion route is to remain in use overnight tonight (Thursday 17 September).  The route will be reviewed on a daily basis paying close attention to the weather forecast to see if it will remain safe to reopen overnight.   Strict safety protocols are in place which allow teams to continue to keep the diversion route in operation throughout the night.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “Teams are making good progress on site with clear up and repair works which has enabled further assessments to be carried out to determine the extent of the damage caused by the recent landslip.

“Initial assessments indicate that the work should be completed around the middle of next week, depending on weather and other developments.

“The Old Military Road will remain in use tonight, however we’ll be continually assessing and monitoring the hillside along with our geotechnical specialists to determine if it is safe for us to continue to keep the OMR in operation.

“We thank the local community and road users for their patience while we address the landslip at the Rest.  Argyll remains open for business and our teams will continue to work around the clock to reopen the A83 as quickly and safely as we can.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

 

 

Wednesday 16 September – 3PM

OLD MILITARY ROAD LOCAL DIVERSION ROUTE TO REMAIN IN USE OVERNIGHT

  • Teams progressing with clear up operations on the A83

  • Investigations underway to assess damage to the carriageway

Good progress has been made with the clearance of material and boulders from the carriageway following the landslide on Sunday 13 September at the A83 Rest and be Thankful.

The Old Military Road local diversion route opened at 7:25am this morning and is currently planned to remain open overnight tonight (Wednesday).

The diversion route will be reviewed on a daily basis with teams closely monitoring conditions. Strict safety protocols are in place which allow the operation of the diversion route overnight.

As a safety precaution the A83 was closed on Saturday afternoon due to forecast heavy rain in the area. A significant landslip then occurred early Sunday morning and continued until Monday. Over 5,000 tonnes of material reached the A83 main carriageway and the bunding on the OMR.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “With drier weather expected overnight we’re intending to keep the Old Military Road open into this evening and overnight however teams will be closely monitoring conditions in the area.

“We are making good progress with the clear up operations on the A83, moving rock and debris to a local tip and making use of boulders in the repair work.

“We have teams working 24/7 to enable us to reopen the route as soon as possible.

“Argyll remains open for business and we thank the local community and road users for their patience as we do everything we can to address the landslip.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

Wednesday 16 September – 7:30am

OLD MILITARY ROAD REOPENS FOLLOWING THE GREEN LIGHT FROM SAFETY INSPECTIONS

 

The Old Military Road reopened this morning around 7:25am following successful green light from safety checks.  Teams are continuing with work to clear material and boulders from the A83 main carriageway.

An assessment will be made at 1pm regarding the potential of keeping the OMR open overnight and an announcement made.

 

Tuesday 15 September – 3:25PM

OLD MILITARY ROAD TO CLOSE OVERNIGHT AT 7.30PM AS A SAFETY PRECAUTION

  • OMR Local diversion route has been in operation today but will close overnight as a precaution

  • The local diversion route is expected to reopen tomorrow (Wednesday) morning following a safety assessment

  • Diversion route via A83, A82, A85 and A819 will be implemented overnight from 7.30pm

Work continues to progress with the clearance of debris from the main A83 carriageway following the landslide on Sunday 13 September. After initial review it is now estimated that over 5,000 tonnes of material reached the A83 and Old Military Road bund.

The route reopened via the Old Military Road (OMR) local diversion this morning and has been in operation throughout today following the completion of the clear up of material in that location overnight.

As a safety precaution, the Old Military Road is to be closed overnight tonight (Tuesday 15 September) from 7.30pm due to conditions on the hillside above the A83.

Teams have closely monitored the hillside today following rain and consider this to be the prudent approach.

All traffic will be diverted from 7.30pm on to the standard diversion route via the A83, A82, A85 and A819.

Safety assessments will take place from 7am tomorrow morning to determine if it is safe to reopen the OMR local diversion route.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “Safety is our top priority and following input from geotechnical specialists we have taken the difficult decision

to close the Old Military Road as a precaution overnight tonight.

“The standard diversion route via the A83, A82, A85 and A819 will be reinstated from 7.30pm tonight. A full safety assessment will take place at 7am on Wednesday morning to assess if it is safe to reopen the Old Military Road.

“The clear up operation is progressing well which is allowing us to gauge the damage caused to the road, drainage and safety barriers. We will continue to give updates on this work as it progresses as quickly as possible.

“Safety has to come first and as ever we thank the local community and road users for their patience while we address the situation at the Rest.  Argyll remains very much open for business and we ask road users to plan their journey in advance by checking Traffic Scotland for the real-time travel information.”

Real-time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

 

 

Tuesday 15 September – 6.10am

OLD MILITARY ROAD REOPENED AT REST AND BE THANKFUL

 

The Old Military Road local diversion route has reopened this morning at 6.10am following the completion of the clear up of material overnight and a safety review this morning. Teams will continue with the clear up operation on the A83 today.

 

 

Monday 14 September – 12:00 Mid-day

A83 AND OLD MILITARY ROAD REMAINS CLOSED FOLLOWING SECOND LANDSLIDE AT REST AND BE THANKFUL

  • Over 2,000 Tonnes of material has closed the A83

  • Clearance works ongoing

 

The A83 and the Old Military Road (OMR) local diversion will remain closed today and overnight into Tuesday 15 September following a landslide event which commenced early on Sunday morning and continued through to Monday morning. Clearance of the debris has now started after the go-ahead from geotechnical engineers.

As well as over 2,000 Tonnes of material on the A83, further material has also reached the bunding previously formed to protect the Old Military Road with some boulders and material reaching the OMR itself.

Initial indications are that the wall constructed to support the A83 following the landslide on the Tuesday 4 August has performed well and is relatively undamaged.

These clearance works will continue throughout the day, particularly the removal of boulders and slurry which still have the potential to impact the OMR. A further review will be undertaken on Tuesday morning when a clearer indication will be given as to the reopening of the OMR and the A83.

In the meantime, traffic is diverted via the A82, A85 and A819. To assist, Western Ferries are providing an extra ferry on the Gourock to Dunoon route.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “With exceptionally heavy rain forecast on Saturday night and Sunday morning we took the decision to proactively close the A83 and OMR on safety grounds. Around 75mm of rain fell in a few hours in the early hours of Sunday which triggered another significant landslide at the same location as the event on the Tuesday 4  August. Much of this was caught in the temporary debris fence and debris pits however as the landslide event continued throughout Sunday those measures were overtopped onto the A83 with some reaching the OMR. In drier conditions today we have started the clear up operation which will continue throughout today. Tomorrow morning (Tuesday 15 September) we will review progress and advise on the potential for reopening the Old Military Road local diversion and also have a clearer view of the work required to reopen the A83.

“As ever, we thank the local community for their patience while we deal with this unprecedented situation. Argyll, of course,  remains open for business via the diversion route and via the extended Dunoon to Gourock ferry services.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland and the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

Sunday 13 September – 2PM

A83 REST AND BE THANKFUL AND OLD MILITARY ROAD TO REMAIN CLOSED OVERNIGHT SUNDAY

  • A significant landslide has blocked the A83 at Rest and be Thankful

  • The on-going nature of this means the Old Military Road local diversion also remains closed.

  • Traffic diversion will remain via A82, A85 and A819

  • Western Ferries are running an extra service tonight and Monday morning

 

The A83 Rest and be Thankful and Old Military Road (OMR) will both remain closed overnight on Sunday [13 Sept] following a significant landslide early on Sunday morning. The A83 and OMR were both closed overnight due to concern at the forecast of up to 90mmof intense rain on high ground in Argyll.  At 7am on Sunday, a safety inspection noted that over 1,000 Tonnes of material had come down the hillside at the same location as the August 4thlandslip. Much of this was retained in the temporary mitigation measures including a pit and rockfall barrier. However, heavy rain and further slippages have continued throughout the day and is expected to continue into the early evening when the rain passes. This has precluded the undertaking a full geotechnical safety assessment, looking at the dangers of potential further slippage and boulder risk.

The A83 and OMR will therefore remain closed overnight and a further safety review will be undertaken on Monday morning. In the meantime, traffic will be diverted onto the A82, A85, A819 diversion route.

BEAR Scotland has been communicating with Western Ferries and they will have an extra ferry running on Sunday night and Monday morning.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “This is another major landslide event and the on-going nature of it and the continued heavy rain has meant we are unable to conclude a full safety assessment. In discussion with Transport Scotland and Police Scotland a decision has been taken to keep the A83 Rest and Be Thankful and the Old Military Road closed overnight, with traffic diverted to the longer diversion via the A82, A85 and A819. We appreciate the frustration and disruption this causes, however, given the nature of this event, a safety-first approach is required.

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

 

Saturday 12 September – 2.00PM

BEAR SCOTLAND TEAMS ON STANDBY FOR HEAVY RAINFALL THIS WEEKEND – A83 REST AND BE THANKFUL TO CLOSE OVERNIGHT

  • Yellow weather warning for rain over Argyll and West Highland area

  • Up to 90mm rain expected overnight on Saturday evening to midnight on Sunday

  • A83 Rest and Be Thankful to close overnight on Saturday as a safety precaution

  • Old Military Road to resume operation as A83 local diversion route from Saturday afternoon 4pm to 9pm

 

BEAR Scotland teams are on standby for heavy rain across the north west of Scotland this weekend with up to 90mm of rain now forecast across some areas of the network.

A Met Office yellow weather warning for heavy rain is in force from 6pm Saturday to midnight on Sunday and teams are on high alert to respond to any incidents.  Strong winds are also expected across the network with localised gusts of between 40-50mph forecast with landscaping teams on standby to assist with any fallen trees.

The decision has been taken to close the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful at 4pm Saturday.  From 4pm until 9pm on Saturday traffic will be transferred to the Old Military Road (OMR) local Diversion. The OMR will then be closed from 9pm Saturday and a safety inspection will be undertaken at 7am on Sunday with a view to reopening the OMR if considered safe to do so. The A83 is hoped to be reopened in the early afternoon on Sunday once the rain has passed.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said:  “The yellow warning for heavy rain and high wind is expected to have an impact on the north west trunk road network, and our teams are on standby to deal with any issues that may occur from the heavy rain and strong winds.

“Due to the heavy rain we’ve also taken the difficult decision to close the A83 at the Rest and be Thankful at 4pm Saturday as a safety precaution following the recent landslide.  From 4pm to 9pm the Old Military Road local diversion route will be utilised. During the most intense period of rain from 9pm Saturday the OMR will close, with traffic diverted to the longer diversion via the A82, A85 and A819.

“The advice from our geotechnical experts is that the heavy rain, which is now anticipated to be heavier and more intense than forecast yesterday, could have an impact on the material in the steep channel above the road. This is the first significant rain event since the landslide in August so we are taking a safety-first approach and will carefully monitor the hillside during the weather event.

“We’ll review the situation at 7am on Sunday with a view to reopening the OMR and, all being well, we are expecting to reopen the A83 under traffic light control on Sunday afternoon once the rain has passed.

“We have arranged for patrols of the network to be completed at affected areas through the warning period and we also have our incident response teams available to deal with any flooding issues across the north west network, as well as gully tankers and pumps on standby to help ensure trunk roads are kept clear.

“Our 24/7 control room team will also be monitoring conditions across the network to help coordinate resource where required and help keep motorists moving.

“We encourage all road users to plan ahead and check Traffic Scotland for the latest travel advice before setting out.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

 

Friday 11 September, 3.15pm

 

BEAR SCOTLAND TEAMS ON STANDBY FOR HEAVY RAINFALL THIS WEEKEND

• Yellow weather warning for rain over Argyll and West Highland area

• Around 60mm rain expected overnight on Saturday evening to midnight on Sunday

• A83 Rest and Be Thankful to close overnight on Saturday as a safety precaution

• Old Military Road to resume operation as A83 local diversion route from Saturday evening until Sunday afternoon

 

BEAR Scotland teams are on standby for heavy rain across the north west of Scotland this weekend as around 60mm to 70mm of rain is forecast across some areas of the network.

A Met Office yellow weather warning for heavy rain is in force from 6pm Saturday to midnight on Sunday and teams are on high alert to respond to any incidents. Strong winds are also expected across the network with localised gusts of between 40-50mph forecast with landscaping teams on standby to assist with any fallen trees.

The decision has been taken to close the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful and redirect traffic to the Old Military Road (OMR) from early evening on Saturday, with teams expecting to reopen the A83 on Sunday afternoon once the rain passes. This follows the recent landslide and concerns from geotechnical engineers about the impact of such heavy rain on the scarred hillside. This will follow on from relatively wet conditions today (Friday) and into tomorrow. The timing of the use of the OMR will depend on actual weather experienced on site and will be kept to a minimum as much as possible.

BEAR Scotland incident response teams are on standby throughout the north west to respond to any issues on the trunk road network. Landslide patrols are being deployed across routes to provide additional response and monitoring of conditions on the ground. All response teams have pumps to deal with any excess water with two gully tankers also available to help clear any larger incidents of flooding on the network.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “Tomorrow’s yellow warning for heavy rain and high wind is expected to have an impact on the north west trunk road network, and our teams are on standby to deal with any issues that may occur from the heavy rain and strong winds.

“Due to the heavy rain we’ve also taken the difficult decision to close the A83 at the Rest and be Thankful as a safety precaution and redirect road users via the adjacent Old Military Road local diversion route from early evening tomorrow until the rain passes on Sunday afternoon.

“The advice from our geotechnical experts is that the heavy rain could have an impact on the material in the steep channel above the road. This is the first significant rain event since the landslide in August so we are taking a safety-first approach and will carefully monitor the hillside during the weather event.

“We’re expecting to reopen the A83 under traffic light control as before on Sunday afternoon once the rain has passed.

“We have arranged for patrols of the network to be completed at affected areas through the warning period and we also have our incident response teams available to deal with any flooding issues across the north west network, as well as gully tankers and pumps on standby to help ensure trunk roads are kept clear.

“Our 24/7 control room team will also be monitoring conditions across the network to help coordinate resource where required and help keep motorists moving.

“We encourage all road users to plan ahead and check Traffic Scotland for the latest travel advice before setting out.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

Monday 7 September, 10.30AM

A83 REOPENS AT REST AND BE THANKFUL UNDER TRAFFIC LIGHT CONTROL AFTER MAJOR REPAIR OPERATION COMPLETED

• Teams continue with mitigation work on hillside

• Next catch-pit project underway

 

The A83 has reopened under traffic light control after a major programme of complex repairs was completed this morning.

The route was inspected by Police Scotland and geotechnical specialists for a final safety check before reopening at around 10.25am today.

Temporary traffic lights will remain in place for safety as engineers are continuing with work to construct further mitigation measures.

A temporary debris barrier has been erected to protect road users and a catch-pit is being excavated at the foot of the channel to provide further resilience on the route. Work is already underway at the next location for another catch-pit which is located immediately adjacent to the recently completed catch-pits in July 2019.

The A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful was closed on the evening of Tuesday 4 August after a major landslip impacted the road at multiple locations after around 100mm of rain fell in the area. The source of the landslip was located around 200m high above the A83, which split into two main channels as it spread out in a “fan effect” down the hillside. Around 2,000 tonnes of debris was prevented from reaching the carriageway after it was contained in one of the catch-pits, with around 1,500 tonnes impacting the A83 and a further 2,000 tonnes of material washing onto the Old Military Road. In total, around 10,000 tonnes of material was thought to have moved on the hillside during the landslip.

Large boulders were also exposed on the hillside during the landslip, with a helicopter brought in to help stabilise the boulders and make them safe.

Clear-up operations started immediately with teams safely enabling the use of the Old Military Road as a local diversion route from Saturday 7 August. The route continued to be used as a diversion route when weather conditions allowed while teams progressed with the repair work.

The A83 carriageway, hillside above and embankment below the road were severely impacted by the flow of debris and water during the landslip, requiring extensive complex repairs. Repairs included constructing a new culvert beneath the road as well as installing a new concrete retaining wall which was anchored to the ground using multiple eight-metre-long rods to stabilise the road.

Work was also carried out to stabilise and secure the hillside above the carriageway. A new road safety barrier and roadside drainage system was also installed on the road with the carriageway then resurfaced to allow vehicles to safety pass.

A team of around 50 personnel worked 24/7 to complete the programme of repairs, keep the Old Military Road running safely and manage the traffic on the A83 to keep Argyll open.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We’re pleased to safely reopen one lane of the A83 after a full safety assessment with representatives from Police Scotland this morning.

“Teams from multiple organisations have worked round the clock in all conditions to complete the programme of complex repairs in the area and keep the Old Military Road and other routes into Argyll open.

“Engineers will continue to carry out further mitigation work on the hillside above the road as well as at the next catch-pit location to provide further landslip resilience on the A83.

“As ever, we thank the local community for their patience and support while we worked to address the repairs at the Rest and encourage them to drive safely through the Rest and Be Thankful as teams complete the remaining mitigation work at the site.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland and the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

What Has Happened at the Rest and Be Thankful?

• A large landslide occurred on the evening of Tuesday 4 August at the Rest and Be Thankful blocking the road after around 100mm of rain fell in the Argyll area.
• The source of the landslip was located around 200m high above the A83, which split into two main channels as it spread out in a “fan effect” down the hillside. One of the channels filtered into one of the landslip mitigation catch-pits which prevented around 2,000 tonnes of material from reaching the road, with around 1,500 tonnes of debris reaching the carriageway at the second channel. Car-sized boulders also reached the roadside in the debris. A further 2,000 tonnes of material was washed onto the Old Military Road.
• In total, the landslide is thought to have moved around 10,000 tonnes of debris on the hillside following detailed geotechnical calculations of the hillside, making it one of the largest landslips in recent times. Earlier estimates put the original figure at 6,000 tonnes.
• On Wednesday 5 August teams worked to begin the initial clear-up operations and carry out geotechnical assessments and safety investigations into the damage caused by the landslip. The flow of debris from the A83 and accompanying water flow from Tuesday’s heavy rain caused significant scouring to the embankment slope below the A83, which undermined the road and demolished the roadside safety barrier. For safety the road and OMR remained closed.
• On Thursday 6 August a further 100 tonnes of material reached the carriageway overnight via the steep channel scoured out by Tuesday’s landslip, exposing large boulders. Teams worked to make these boulders safe using water-bags dropped into position from a helicopter as well as using a high-pressured hydraulic ‘jack’ to force the boulders into a new, safer position further down the steep channel.
• Teams completed the clear-up of 2,000 tonnes of debris from the OMR on Friday 7 August and began work to construct a protective bund and channel parallel to the roadside.
• The Old Military Road was opened under convoy operations as a local diversion route 24 hours a day on Saturday 8 August at 9:15am.
• Weather Warnings for heavy rain overnight on Monday 10 August, Tuesday 11 August and Wednesday 12 August meant the OMR closed overnight from 9pm, with motorists diverted via the usual standard diversion route on the A83, A82, A85 and A819.
• A period of dry weather meant the OMR was in use 24 hours a day from Thursday 13 August while teams continued with repairs to the A83.
• Designs to repair the A83 are complete and work started on stabilising the embankment beneath the carriageway. To view a simulation of the repairs visit BEAR Scotland’s North West twitter page: https://twitter.com/NWTrunkRoads/status/1293910456235483142
• On Tuesday 18 August a Yellow Met Office weather warning for heavy rain meant the OMR was closed for safety from 12 noon until 6am on Thursday 19 August. More heavy rain forecast overnight on Wednesday 19 August meant the OMR closed overnight between 9pm and 6am.
• Increasingly heavy rain on Thursday 20 August meant the OMR closed from 7.25pm until around midday on Friday 21 August. The route was in operation until midnight when it closed for safety due to forecast heavy rain overnight.
• On Saturday 22 August the OMR opened around 8.30am but closed shortly after at around 10.30am due to movement of debris and boulders on hillside.
• On Sunday 23 August work was undertaken to stabilise boulders on the hillside which allowed the Old Military Road to reopen at around 6pm.
• The Old Military Road continued to be in use 24/7 and with teams working round the clock to complete the programme of repairs on the A83.
• The A83 reopened under traffic light control at around 10.25am on Monday 7 September. Teams are continuing to carry out further mitigation work in the area.

 

Friday 4 September – 4.45PM

REPAIRS CONTINUE ON A83 REST AND BE THANKFUL AS ENGINEERS TARGET MONDAY REOPENING
• One lane of A83 expected to reopen on Monday should weather conditions allow
• Old Military Road to remain open overnight on Friday as local diversion route

The complex repairs on the A83 to stabilise the road and embankment after a major landslip in August are progressing well with engineers working towards reopening one lane of the A83 on Monday.

Repair work has included creating a concrete retaining wall to stabilise the roadside after it was undermined, building up and securing a the embankment using large soil nails, installing a new culvert beneath the road and installing a new road surface.

Teams are working to complete the new roadside drainage system and install the new road safety barrier as well as continue with work on the upslope of the A83 to install further mitigation work to protect the carriageway once it reopens.

The Old Military Road is functioning as a local diversion route with road users being convoyed through the single-track road through the centre of the glen. The route will remain open as a diversion overnight.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “Our teams are continuing with the repairs on the A83 following last month’s landslide, working round the clock to complete the work.

“We’re expecting to reopen one lane of the A83 under traffic light control on Monday, weather permitting.

“Teams will continue work on the A83 once the road reopens with further mitigation measures being installed at the bottom of the steep channel next to the road-side to create further protection for the A83. Work has also begun at the next permanent catch-pit further along the A83. Together these measures will help contribute to additional resilience on the A83.

“In the meantime the Old Military Road will remain open as a local diversion route for road users overnight on Friday.

“Argyll remains open for business and as ever we thank the local community for their patience while we do everything possible to reopen the A83 as safely and quickly as we can.”

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Thursday 3 September – 4.00PM

OLD MILITARY ROAD TO CONTINUE AS LOCAL DIVERSION ROUTE OVERNIGHT AS TEAMS PROGRESS WITH REPAIR WORK ON A83

 

The Old Military Road will remain in operation as a local diversion route overnight on Thursday with engineers working to stabilise and clear the A83 ahead of reopening early next week.

Teams have been working to carry out further stability and mitigation work to the upslope of the A83 on the steep channel which was formed by a major landslip in August. Additional work is also being carried out on the carriageway to improve the roadside drainage.

The repairs are progressing well with teams on track to reopen the road under traffic light control on Monday pending favourable weather conditions. Teams will continue to work in the area once the A83 has opened to progress with installation of a catch-pit at the bottom of the steep channel as well as begin installation of the next catch-pit further along the A83.

Teams on site from BEAR Scotland have also expressed thanks to a number of local road users who have stopped to provide kind donations of cakes and treats in recent weeks.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “The Old Military Road will remain open overnight tonight and is operating well as a local diversion route for road users.

“We’re on track to reopen one lane of the A83 on Monday and teams are progressing with repairs 24-hours a day to complete the work as planned, provided the weather conditions continue to remain favourable.

“We also want to express our thanks to a number of road users recently for their generous acts of kindness to our teams on site. The teams were delighted to receive cakes and other treats from some members of the local community and these kind gestures were very much appreciated by all.

“As ever, we thank the local community and road users for their continued patience while we do everything we can to reopen the A83 safely. Argyll remains open for business and we’ll continue to work 24/7 to address the incident at the Rest.”

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What Has Happened at the Rest and Be Thankful?

• A large landslide occurred on the evening of Tuesday 4 August at the Rest and Be Thankful blocking the road after around 100mm of rain fell in the Argyll area.
• The source of the landslip was located around 200m high above the A83, which split into two main channels as it spread out in a “fan effect” down the hillside. One of the channels filtered into one of the landslip mitigation catch-pits which prevented around 2,000 tonnes of material from reaching the road, with around 1,500 tonnes of debris reaching the carriageway at the second channel. Car-sized boulders also reached the roadside in the debris. A further 2,000 tonnes of material was washed onto the Old Military Road.
• In total, the landslide is thought to have moved around 10,000 tonnes of debris on the hillside following detailed geotechnical calculations of the hillside, making it one of the largest landslips in recent times. Earlier estimates put the original figure at 6,000 tonnes.
• On Wednesday 5 August teams worked to begin the initial clear-up operations and carry out geotechnical assessments and safety investigations into the damage caused by the landslip. The flow of debris from the A83 and accompanying water flow from Tuesday’s heavy rain caused significant scouring to the embankment slope below the A83, which undermined the road and demolished the roadside safety barrier. For safety the road and OMR remained closed.
• On Thursday 6 August a further 100 tonnes of material reached the carriageway overnight via the steep channel scoured out by Tuesday’s landslip, exposing large boulders. Teams worked to make these boulders safe using water-bags dropped into position from a helicopter as well as using a high-pressured hydraulic ‘jack’ to force the boulders into a new, safer position further down the steep channel.
• Teams completed the clear-up of 2,000 tonnes of debris from the OMR on Friday 7 August and began work to construct a protective bund and channel parallel to the roadside.
• The Old Military Road was opened under convoy operations as a local diversion route 24 hours a day on Saturday 8 August at 9:15am.
• Weather Warnings for heavy rain overnight on Monday 10 August, Tuesday 11 August and Wednesday 12 August meant the OMR closed overnight from 9pm, with motorists diverted via the usual standard diversion route on the A83, A82, A85 and A819.
• A period of dry weather meant the OMR was in use 24 hours a day from Thursday 13 August while teams continued with repairs to the A83.
• Designs to repair the A83 are complete and work started on stabilising the embankment beneath the carriageway. To view a simulation of the repairs visit BEAR Scotland’s North West twitter page: https://twitter.com/NWTrunkRoads/status/1293910456235483142
• On Tuesday 18 August a Yellow Met Office weather warning for heavy rain meant the OMR was closed for safety from 12 noon until 6am on Thursday 19 August. More heavy rain forecast overnight on Wednesday 19 August meant the OMR closed overnight between 9pm and 6am.
• Increasingly heavy rain on Thursday 20 August meant the OMR closed from 7.25pm until around midday on Friday 21 August. The route was in operation until midnight when it closed for safety due to forecast heavy rain overnight.
• On Saturday 22 August the OMR opened around 8.30am but closed shortly after at around 10.30am due to movement of debris and boulders on hillside.
• On Sunday 23 August work was undertaken to stabilise boulders on the hillside which allowed the Old Military Road to reopen at around 6pm.
• The Old Military Road has since been in use 24/7 and teams have since been working round the clock to complete the programme of repairs on the A83.

 

Wednesday 2 September – 4.10PM

COMPLEX REPAIRS ONGOING AT A83 REST AND BE THANKFUL
• Old Military Road remains in use with teams closely monitoring weather conditions

 

Complex repairs at the A83 Rest and Be Thankful are continuing today (Wednesday) with teams working around the clock to complete the programme of work.

Today teams are progressing with installing a new roadside drainage system with surfacing work now completed. Teams are also working on the new road safety barrier.

A band of heavy rain is forecast in the area throughout the day until later this evening. Geotechnical specialists are closely monitoring the hillside and weather conditions on site, with teams on standby to close the Old Military Road should the situation deteriorate.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We’re hoping to keep the Old Military Road open overnight but are keeping a close eye on the weather conditions.

“A band of heavy rain is moving in this afternoon into this evening and our geotechnical specialists are on site closely monitoring conditions in the area and any impact it may have.

“We’ll keep the OMR under close review overnight.

“Repairs on the A83 are progressing well despite the weather conditions on site today and teams are still on track to reopen the route under traffic light control early next week.

“In the meantime, Argyll remains open for business and we thank the local community and road users for their patience while we do everything we can to address the landslip at the Rest.”

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Tuesday 1 September – 4.00PM

A83 REPAIRS MAKING GOOD PROGRESS WITH SURFACING WORK UNDERWAY

• A83 on track to reopen under traffic light control by Monday 7 September pending favourable weather conditions

• Old Military Road to remain in use overnight on Tuesday

 

Complex repairs at the A83 are making good progress with road resurfacing work underway.

The surfacing work covers the section of road which was excavated to install the new culvert system beneath the carriageway, with further work being carried out to the new road safety barrier and road edge beam to support and stabilise the road.

Teams are currently on track to reopen the A83 under traffic light control by Monday 7 September provided there are no significant weather delays.

Once repairs are complete one lane of the A83 will reopen with teams continuing with work to construct a temporary catch-pit at the base of the steep channel formed by the most recent landslip to provide further mitigation and protection for the A83.

Teams are also starting to mobilise for the next permanent catch-pit which will be constructed immediately next to the previous catch-pits which were completed in 2019. Together the measures will help provide further landslip resilience on the route.

The Old Military Road will remain open overnight on Tuesday providing a local diversion route for road users through Glen Croe as repairs continue on the A83.

A band of heavy rain is forecast for Wednesday afternoon and teams will be closely monitoring conditions in the area.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “Teams are making good progress on site with the complex repairs at the A83. Today road surfacing work has taken place and teams are also continuing with the installation of the new road safety barrier and road edge beam.

“We’re closely monitoring the weather forecast and provided there are no significant issues we hope to reopen the route as planned by Monday.

“The Old Military Road will remain in use tonight. A band of heavy rain is forecast tomorrow afternoon and we’ll be continually assessing and monitoring the hillside along with our geotechnical specialists to determine if it is safe for us to continue to keep the OMR in operation.

“Once the A83 is reopened under traffic light control teams will continue with the construction of both the temporary catch-pit at the recently formed steep channel next to the A83 as well as at the next planned catch-pit located immediately next to the previously completed catch-pits at the Rest. This will help provide additional landslip resilience for the A83.

“We thank the local community and road users for their patience while we address the landslip at the Rest. Argyll remains open for business and our teams will continue to work around the clock to reopen the A83 as quickly and safely as we can.”

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Monday 31 August – 3.00PM

WORK ON CONCRETE REPAIRS AT REST AND BE THANKFUL CONTINUES

• Old Military Road to remain open overnight on Monday

 

Complex repair work continues at the Rest and Be Thankful as teams progress with installation of the concrete retaining wall to support the A83 carriageway and embankment after they were heavily damaged by a landslip earlier in August.

Work also continues to install the new road safety barriers and carriageway edge beam along the A83.

The Old Military Road will remain open overnight as a local diversion route while teams continue with repairs on the A83. The local diversion route has been in operation 24-hours a day since last Sunday with teams monitoring weather conditions on a daily basis.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “Engineers are continuing to work around the clock to complete the repairs on the A83 following the landslip earlier this month.

“Teams are progressing with the concrete pour into the newly constructed retaining wall with installation continuing of the new road safety barrier and road edge beam.

“We thank the local community and road users for their patience while we do everything possible to complete the repairs on the A83. Argyll remains open for business and we will do everything we can to reopen the road as quickly and safely as we can.”

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Friday 28 August – 4.45PM

 

COMPLEX REPAIR WORK CONTINUES AT REST AND BE THANKFUL

• Old Military Road to remain open Friday night

 

Engineers at the Rest and Be Thankful are progressing with complex repair work to the A83 carriageway after it was damaged by a major landslip earlier this month.

Today (Friday) teams have begun installing the new vehicle restraint system (VRS) barriers along the edge of the A83 carriageway.

Work continues on the recently constructed concrete retaining wall which will help stabilise the road and embankment.

The Old Military Road local diversion route remains open for road users and will be in operation overnight tonight (Friday). Teams are continuing to closely monitor weather conditions which will be reviewed on a daily basis to assess if it is safe to keep the OMR in operation.

Engineers will continue to work round the clock to complete the repairs to the A83.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “Today teams are installing the foundations for the new vehicle restraint system barriers which replace the damaged section from the landslip earlier this month.

“Engineers are also working on the concrete retaining wall which has been constructed to support and stabilise the road and embankment next to the carriageway.

“The Old Military Road has been operating well this week and will continue to be in use overnight tonight (Friday). We’ll continue to assess the route on a daily basis to determine if it safe to remain in use for road users.

“Our teams will continue to work 24 hours a day to complete the repairs at the Rest. As ever we thank the local community and all road users for their patience while we complete this complex programme of repairs. Argyll remains open for business and we’ll continue to do everything we can to get the road open as quickly and safely as we can.”

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Thursday 27 August – 4.50PM

 

OLD MILITARY ROAD TO REMAIN OPEN ON THURSDAY NIGHT
• Repairs continue on A83 with road expected to reopen under traffic light control by Monday 7 September

The local diversion route via the Old Military Road at the Rest and Be Thankful is to remain open overnight tonight (Thursday) with teams closely monitoring weather conditions in the area.

Work continues to repair the A83 carriageway after it was damaged by a major landslip earlier this month. Engineers are today progressing with work to install a new edge beam along the side of the carriageway to provide further support for the new safety barrier system.

Teams are working towards reopening the A83 under traffic light operation by Monday 7 September, provided weather conditions continue to allow work to proceed as planned.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We’re working towards having the A83 safely reopened by Monday 7 September subject to favourable weather conditions with teams progressing with the complex repair work to restore the route following the landslip earlier this month.

“The Old Military Road will remain open overnight tonight with teams closely monitoring weather conditions. The local diversion route has been in operation 24 hours a day since Sunday evening with our teams reviewing the weather forecast on a daily basis for safety.

“We thank the local community and road users for their patience while we work to address the Rest and Be Thankful. Argyll remains open for business and teams are continuing to work 24/7 to ensure we’re doing everything we can to reopen the route as quickly and safely as possible.”

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Wednesday 26 August – 4.50PM

 

REPAIRS CONTINUE ON A83 AS OLD MILITARY ROAD SET TO REMAIN IN USE OVERNIGHT

• Engineers working 24/7 to continue with programme of repairs

 

The local diversion route via the Old Military Road is set to remain in use overnight on Wednesday as engineers continue with repairs on the A83 carriageway.

Engineers have today (Wednesday) been pouring concrete for the new retaining wall which has been constructed to support the A83 carriageway above a new steep sided channel formed by the landslip earlier this month. A temporary catch-pit is also being created to provide extra mitigation on the road.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “Teams are progressing with repairs on the A83 which will stabilise the road after it was undermined and badly damaged in the landslip earlier this month.

“Today teams have been able to pour the concrete into the newly constructed retaining wall which has been anchored into the ground to provide a solid foundation and support for the road and embankment following the landslip. Engineers will continue with the repairs 24/7 should weather conditions continue to allow.

“The Old Military Road has been operating well and we’re closely monitoring weather conditions to ensure it is safe for use. We’re intending to keep it open overnight into Thursday and will continue to assess the route on a daily basis.

“As ever, Argyll remains open for business and we thank the local community and road users for their patience while we work to complete these repairs at the Rest and Be Thankful.”

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Tuesday 25 August – 4.50PM

OLD MILITARY ROAD LOCAL DIVERSION ROUTE TO REMAIN IN USE OVERNIGHT (TUESDAY) WITH TEAMS CLOSELY MONITORING WEATHER CONDITIONS

• Complex programme of repairs on A83 continues with teams working 24/7

The Old Military Road local diversion route is currently planned to remain open overnight (Tuesday) with teams closely monitoring the weather conditions in the area this evening and throughout the night.

Light rain showers are expected this evening and teams are on standby to close the Old Military Road for safety should conditions deteriorate in the area.

Teams are working to complete a programme of complex repairs on the A83 carriageway which include constructing a concrete wall to stabilise the carriageway and embankment. A temporary catch-pit will also be created to provide extra mitigation on the road.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We’re intending to keep the Old Military Road open into this evening and overnight however we’re keeping a close eye on weather conditions in the area.

“Some rain showers are forecast later this evening and teams will closely monitor these to assess if they are likely to have an impact on the Rest and Be Thankful. The OMR will be kept under close review overnight.

“Repairs are progressing on the A83 with teams working to complete the programme of work to enable us to reopen the route as soon as possible.

“Argyll remains open for business and we thank the local community and road users for their patience as we do everything we can to address the landslip at the Rest.”

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Monday 24 August – 4PM

OLD MILITARY ROAD DIVERSION ROUTE WILL REMAIN OPEN OVERNIGHT AND INTO TUESDAY

  • Road repair work continues 24/7 on the A83

  • Old Military Road in operation today and throughout tonight

Work is continuing on complex repairs of the A83 at the Rest and be Thankful after a landslide on the Tuesday 4 August with teams working on the construction of a bored pile wall to support the road allowing it to re-open.

The Old Military Road (OMR) at the A83 Rest and Be Thankful has been in operation since 6pm Sunday evening and will remain in operation overnight whilst work continues 24/7.

It is intended that the OMR operation will continue into tomorrow, however heavy rain is forecast, and teams will be constantly monitoring and reviewing the safety of the OMR diversion route as necessary.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “Work is continuing on the repair works to the A83 following some delay due to boulder risk over the weekend. The Old Military Road local diversion is operating well and will remain open overnight, however its operation will be kept under review through the forecast rain on Tuesday.”

“As ever we thank the local community and all road users while we do everything we can to repair the A83 after the recent landslip.  Argyll remains very much open for business and we advise all road users to plan their journey’s in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for information.”

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Sunday 23 August – 5.40PM

 

Old Military Road Reopens

The Old Military Road has reopened following successful stabilisation of boulders on the hillside. The Old Military Road will continue to operate as a local diversion for the A83 throughout the night into Monday.

The Old Military Road has reopened following successful stabilisation of boulders on the hillside. The work, involving a helicopter, was successful in removing material around boulders allowing their managed descent down to points of safety. These were then drilled and broken up into smaller tabular sections.

The Old Military Road will continue to operate throughout the night into Monday.

Thank you for your patience through this difficult time.

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Saturday 22 August – 7.30pm

 


MOVEMENT ON THE HILLSIDE AND BOULDER RISK MEANS OLD MILITARY ROAD WILL REMAIN CLOSED OVERNIGHT AND INTO SUNDAY

  • Boulder stabilisation work on-going and continuing on Sunday

  • All traffic being diverted via standard diversion route

 

The Old Military Road (OMR) at the A83 Rest and Be Thankful is closed for the day and will remain closed overnight whilst works are undertaken to stabilise debris and boulders causing concern above the A83.

The OMR reopened around 8.30am on Saturday after an overnight closure was put in place due to heavy rain in the area.  Unfortunately, at 10:30am geotechnical engineers then noted movement of debris and boulders on the steep hillside above the road which prompted teams to close the OMR as a safety precaution.

Geotechnical engineers are monitoring the stabilisation work and once satisfied that the situation is safe will sanction the reopening of the Old Military Road.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We reopened the OMR this morning at 8:30am following a safety inspection, however, around 10.30am the OMR was closed again following movement of debris on the hillside. This has been monitored this afternoon and has exposed large boulders which give concern to both the on-going work on the A83 and the operation of the OMR. Work is now on-going to stabilise the situation which will continue to dark tonight and re-start early tomorrow morning.

“Motorists are being diverted via the usual standard diversion route on the A83, A82, A85 and A819 but we are pleased to note that Western Ferries are providing an additional ferry on their Gourock to Dunoon Service as an alternative during this period.”

“In the meantime, Argyll remains open for business and we thank the local community and road users for their patience while we do everything we can to repair the A83 and safely reopen it as soon as possible.”

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Friday 21 August – 3.00PM

 

FORECAST HEAVY RAIN OVERNIGHT MEANS OLD MILITARY ROAD WILL CLOSE FROM MIDNIGHT

• Safety inspection to take place at 9am tomorrow (Saturday) ahead of potential reopening

• Reports of workforce at A83 closure points receiving abuse from members of public

 

The Old Military Road at the A83 Rest and Be Thankful is set to remain open until midnight tonight (Friday) when forecast heavy rain in the early hours of Saturday morning means it will close for the rest of the night.

A safety inspection is set to take place around 9am on Saturday morning to assess if the road will be safe to reopen.

The OMR closed overnight on Thursday and reopened around midday on Friday after heavy rain in the area.

Geotechnical specialists assessed the area and debris movements in the channels above the A83 before considering it safe to reopen.

The weather forecast and situation on site will continue to be assessed on a daily basis to consider if safe to run the local diversion route for motorists.

Teams are continuing with a programme of complex repairs to address the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful following a landslide on 4 August.

Reports of verbal abuse directed towards team members working on the closure points at the A83 have been received by motorists frustrated at not being able to pass through the closure area. Incidents have included threats and verbal abuse from road users directed towards staff who have had to reinstate the standard diversion route due to the OMR closing for safety. BEAR Scotland is reporting incidences to Police Scotland in a bid to resolve these events.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We reopened the OMR this afternoon around 12.20pm following a successful safety assessment by our geotechnical team after last night’s heavy rain.

“With more heavy rain forecast we have to close the OMR from 12 midnight tonight and will carry out a safety assessment around 9am tomorrow to consider if we can reopen.

“Whilst we appreciate the frustration this can cause, safety has to come first and we need to make sure that we keep all road users safe at all times. We’ll continue to review the weather forecast and situation at the Rest on a daily basis to consider if it is safe to reopen. Hopefully the later closure time tonight will help to accommodate the majority of travellers.

“We’ve also had reports of our teams receiving verbal abuse and threats from some motorists at the road closure points on the A83. This abuse will not be tolerated and we are already working closely with Police Scotland to investigate these incidences.

“Please respect our workforce who are only doing their job and working to keep all road users safe.

“In the meantime, Argyll remains open for business and we thank the local community and road users for their patience while we do everything we can to repair the A83 and safely reopen it as soon as we can.”

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Thursday 20 August – 8.30PM

 

OLD MILITARY ROAD NOW CLOSED DUE TO INCREASINGLY HEAVY RAIN

• All traffic being diverted via standard diversion route

 

The Old Military Road at the A83 Rest and Be Thankful has now closed for the day due to increasingly heavy rain on site.

Geotechnical specialists identified that increasingly heavy rain was creating debris movement in the channels above the road which prompted teams to close the OMR as a safety precaution.

All traffic is now being diverted via the standard diversion route of A83, A82, A85 and A819.

Heavy rain is forecast overnight with particularly heavy rain showers now forecast throughout tomorrow morning.

The safety inspection will now take place from 12 noon when a full assessment of the OMR and the surrounding hillside will be carried out. The OMR will remain closed until the green light is given from the safety inspections.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “Increasingly heavy rain in the area this evening has forced us to close the Old Military Road earlier than anticipated for safety reasons after our teams who were monitoring the hillside identified debris movement in the steep channel above the A83.

“We’ve closed the local diversion road as a precaution and it will remain closed until a full safety inspection can take place tomorrow afternoon. Heavy rain is forecast overnight with particularly heavy rain now forecast until late morning tomorrow, so we need to ensure a thorough geotechnical assessment is completed before we can consider reopening.

“Geotechnical teams will be onsite from first light to monitor the situation on the hillside throughout the day.

“Safety remains our top priority and we will continue to do everything we can to address the situation at the rest.

“Argyll remains open for business and encourage road users to check for travel updates from Traffic Scotland.”

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Thursday 20 August – 10.45AM

FORECAST HEAVY RAIN PROMPTS CLOSURE OF OLD MILITARY ROAD FROM 9PM TO 9AM

 

The Old Military Road is set to close from 9pm overnight tonight (Thursday) until around 9am tomorrow after further heavy rain has been forecast for the Rest and Be Thankful area which has the potential to impact on the route.

The forecast indicates that heavy rain will develop early evening tonight (Thursday) until 9am, with particularly heavy rain from 6am to 9am. Around 30-40mm is expected to fall in the area across the next 24 hours.

All traffic will be diverted via the standard diversion route A83, A82, A85 and A819 from 9pm this evening. A full safety assessment will take place from 9am tomorrow morning which will assess if the local diversion route is safe to reopen. This will be undertaken earlier if weather permits.

Heavy rain has the potential to impact on the steep channels above and below the A83 carriageway, where loose debris and material is present following a major landslip in the area on 4 August.
Teams are working round the clock to carry out a programme of complex repairs on the A83 carriageway after it was damaged following the landslide.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We’re paying close attention to the forecasts in order to ensure if it is safe for us to keep the Old Military Road open for road users given the presence of loose debris in the steep channels on the hillside.

“Heavy rain is developing overnight with particularly heavy rain tomorrow morning until 9am. For safety the OMR will close from 9pm until 9am, when we’ll reassess the route to check if it is safe to reopen.

“We understand the frustration in closing the OMR however we need to put safety of road users first. We’ll continue to monitor the hillside and the conditions in the area and do all we can to open the OMR as soon as we can tomorrow morning once the safety assessment following the heavy rain is complete.

“Argyll remains open for business and as ever we thank the local community and road users for their patience and assure them we’re working hard to get the A83 open as quickly and safely as possible.”
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Wednesday 19 August – 11.30am

OLD MILITARY ROAD TO CLOSE FROM 9PM DUE TO HEAVY RAIN FORECAST OVERNIGHT

• Further heavy rain forecast for Wednesday night prompts local diversion route to close as a precaution

• All traffic will be diverted via standard diversion route

• Full safety assessment to take place at first light tomorrow morning (Thursday) before route can be given green light to open

 

The Old Military Road will close overnight from 9pm tonight (Wednesday) as further heavy rain is forecast which has the potential to impact the Rest and Be Thankful.

The forecast indicates that short bursts of intense rain is expected overnight which has the potential to affect the hillside.

Safety measures are in place to monitor the hillside however these are restricted during the hours of darkness, with the decision taken to close the local diversion route overnight to ensure the safety of road users.

The standard diversion route will be implemented from 9pm via the A83, A82, A85 and A819 for all traffic.

Teams are progressing with the complex repairs on the A83 following a large landslip which occurred on 4 August. The landslip caused significant damage to the carriageway and embankments above and below the road. Teams have been working round the clock to progress the repairs which include constructing concrete retaining walls on the recently formed steep channels to help stabilise the embankment, installing a new culvert beneath the A83 and installing a temporary catch-pit next to the road side to provide further mitigation in the area.

Following some concerns from local businesses, our teams will also rearrange the road signs at Tarbet to further highlight that businesses in the area remain open to the public when the standard diversion is implemented.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “Further heavy rain is forecast this evening which has the potential to impact on the Rest and Be Thankful.

“We have to prioritise safety of motorists at all times and given it is difficult for us to effectively monitor the hillside in darkness we have had to take the difficult decision to close the OMR overnight tonight for safety.

“All traffic will be diverted via the standard diversion route overnight from 9pm. We’ll assess the road with our geotechnical specialists at first light tomorrow morning (Thursday) and consider if it is safe to reopen to road users.

“We’ve also taken steps to rearrange the road signs at Tarbet to further highlight that businesses remain open to the public. We will continue to work with the local community and do all we can to assist them while our teams work round the clock to get the A83 reopen safely.

“Argyll remains open for business and ever we thank the local community and road users for their patience while we address the landslip at the Rest.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

OLD MILITARY ROAD TO CLOSE AT MIDDAY DUE TO FORECAST HEAVY RAIN

– Road to close as a safety precaution after yellow heavy rain warning issued

– All traffic will be diverted via standard diversion route from 12 noon

– Safety assessment to take place at first light tomorrow morning (Wednesday) ahead of potential reopening

 

The Old Military Road is set to close from 12 noon today as a safety precaution due to forecast heavy rain in the area.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for heavy rain across most of Scotland from 1pm until 9pm this evening. The forecast indicates sporadic heavy bursts of showers of up to 30mm of rain which has the potential to affect the Rest and Be Thankful.

A safety check will take place at first light tomorrow morning (Wednesday) to assess the route before reopening the local diversion as before.

A large landslip impacted the A83 and embankments above and below the road on 4 August which teams have been working round the clock to repair. Geotechnical specialists have assessed the area and a large amount of loose debris is still present in the steep channels above and below the A83 which has the potential to become dislodged should a period of heavy rain occur.

For safety the OMR will close and all traffic will be diverted via the A83, A82, A85 and A819. Western Ferries is available as an alternative travel option for motorists with sailings between Dunoon and Gourock.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We’ve been paying close attention to the weather forecast and advice from our geotechnical specialists and the safest option is to close the Old Military Road given the potential for heavy rain in the area.

“Safety has to come first and with loose debris present in the steep channels above and below the A83 carriageway we have taken the difficult decision to close the local diversion road for safety.

“All traffic will be diverted via the standard diversion route of the A83, A82, A85 and A819 from midday. We will assess the area again at first light tomorrow with the hope of reopening the road early tomorrow morning following the green light from safety checks.

“We thank the local community and road users for their patience while we do everything we can to address the landslip at the Rest and Be Thankful.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org or twitter at @trafficscotland.

 

 

Monday 17 August – 2.45PM

 

REPAIRS ONGOING AT A83 REST AND BE THANKFUL

• Old Military Road local diversion to temporarily close overnight tonight (Monday) between midnight and 4am for surfacing repairs

 

Complex repair work at the A83 Rest and Be Thankful is continuing with teams beginning work on excavating a new culvert beneath the A83.

Teams have been working 24 hours a day to complete the programme of repairs after designs to safely restore the road and embankments were completed last week.

A major landslip on 4 August impacted the road and embankment above and below the carriageway with teams working through a series of engineering solutions to stabilise the road and embankments to allow the route to safely reopen under traffic light control.

The Old Military Road has been in use as a local diversion 24 hours a day since Thursday.  The route will temporarily close overnight tonight between midnight and 4am to allow teams to address one of the bends on the road which is in need of repair. The diversion road will remain open outwith these times.

A Met Office Yellow warning for heavy rain has been issued across parts of Scotland from 1pm until 9pm tomorrow afternoon, and teams will be closely monitoring the weather forecast to see if it will impact on the Rest and Be Thankful.  The decision as to whether the Old Military Road will remain open overnight on Tuesday will be determined tomorrow.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said:  “Teams have worked continuously over the weekend to carry out repairs to the A83, with work beginning on installing the culvert beneath the A83.

“The Old Military Road has been operating well as a local diversion route but will close for a short four hour period overnight tonight to allow us to safely resurface a small section of the route at one of the sharp bends which will ensure it remains safe for road users.

“We’ve arranged for this to take place between midnight and 4am when traffic volumes are at their lowest to reduce disruption as much as possible.  All traffic will be directed towards the standard diversion route via the A83, A82, A85 and A819 during this time.

“Safety remains our top priority and we’re paying close attention to the weather forecast given tomorrow’s weather warnings for heavy rain across parts of Scotland. We’ll take a decision tomorrow as to whether the OMR can safely remain open on Tuesday night.

“As ever we thank the local community and all road users while we do everything we can to repair the A83 after last week’s landslip.  Argyll remains very much open for business and we advise all road users to plan their journey’s in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for information.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

Saturday 15 August -12:30pm 

 

REPAIR WORK CONTINUES AT A83 REST AND BE THANKFUL

• Old Military Road to remain open overnight on Saturday night

• Piling works continue around the clock on the complex A83 repair

 

Repair work is continuing on the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful around the clock after a major landslide impacted the carriageway on the 4th August.

A programme of complex repairs to the embankment above and below the road as well as work to stabilise the carriageway is underway which is expected to take up to three weeks to complete. Work is continuing on the construction of a bored pile wall to support the road.  A temporary catch-pit is also being installed next to the roadside and preparatory work for this this has also commenced.

Once repairs are complete the A83 will be able to reopen under traffic light control.

The Old Military Road local diversion route is to remain in use overnight on Saturday for road users.  The route will be reviewed on a daily basis paying close attention to the weather forecast to see if it will remain safe to reopen overnight.   Strict safety protocols are in place which allow teams to continue to keep the diversion route in operation throughout the night.

The A83 has been closed since Tuesday 4 August due to a large landslip which impacted the road.  The carriageway has been undermined due to large volumes of water and debris washing material from beneath the road and the supporting embankment.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said:  “Teams are making good progress with the repairs on the A83 following the landslip.

“Today teams are continuing to install piles for the installation to form a concrete retaining wall which will support the road across the damaged section.

“Teams will work 24/7 to allow us to reopen the A83 as quickly and safely as possible.

“The Old Military Road is in use as a local diversion road for motorists and will be used overnight tonight (Saturday).  We’ll continue to assess the weather forecast on a daily basis to determine if it is safe to keep the route open overnight.

“We thank all road users and the local community while we do everything we can to repair the A83 after last week’s landslip.  Argyll remains very much open for business and we advise all road users to plan their journey’s in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for information.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

 

 

REPAIR WORK CONTINUES AT A83 REST AND BE THANKFUL

• Old Military Road to remain open overnight on Friday night

Repair work is continuing on the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful after a major landslide impacted the carriageway last week.

A programme of complex repairs to the embankment above and below the road as well as work to stabilise the carriageway is underway which is expected to take up to three weeks to complete. Work has already started on stabilising the sheer face formed below the road by the wash out. A sprayed reinforced concrete face has been formed and this has been tied back to underlying rock with eight metre long rods.

A temporary catch-pit is also being installed next to the roadside below the recently formed steep channel which will help provide additional resilience for the A83.

Once repairs are complete the A83 will be able to reopen under traffic light control.  Teams are carrying out the repairs 24/7 to enable to the road to be reopened as soon as it is safe to do so.

The Old Military Road local diversion route is to remain in use overnight on Friday for road users.  The route will be reviewed on a daily basis paying close attention to the weather forecast to see if it will remain safe to reopen overnight.   Strict safety protocols are in place which allow teams to continue to keep the diversion route in operation throughout the night.

The A83 has been closed since last Tuesday due to a large landslip which impacted the road.  The carriageway has been undermined due to large volumes of water and debris washing material from beneath the road and the supporting embankment.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said:  “Teams are making good progress with the repairs on the A83 following last week’s landslip.

“Today teams have started to drill for the installation of piles to form a concrete retaining wall which will support the road across the damaged section.

“Teams will work 24/7 to allow us to reopen the A83 as quickly and safely as possible.

“The Old Military Road is in use as a local diversion road for motorists and will be used overnight tonight (Friday).  We’ll continue to assess the weather forecast on a daily basis to determine if it is safe to keep the route open overnight.

“We thank all road users and the local community while we do everything we can to repair the A83 after last week’s landslip.  Argyll remains very much open for business and we advise all road users to plan their journey’s in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for information.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

Thursday 13 August – 2.45PM

 

OLD MILITARY ROAD TO REMAIN OPEN OVERNIGHT

• Teams progressing with repairs to the A83 and embankment

• Programme of repairs estimated to take up to three weeks to complete before A83 can safely reopen under one lane

 

The Old Military Road local diversion route is to remain open overnight tonight (Thursday) after teams have carried out safety assessments of the slope above the A83.

The route will be reviewed on a daily basis paying close attention to the weather forecast to see if it will remain safe to reopen overnight.   Strict safety protocols are in place which allow teams to continue to keep the diversion route open overnight.

A series of Met Office weather warnings in recent days had prompted the route to close overnight as a safety precaution.

The A83 has been closed since last Tuesday due to a large landslip which impacted the road.  The carriageway has been undermined due to large volumes of water and debris washing material from beneath the road and the supporting embankment.  A programme of repairs has now been drawn up after teams have completed designs which will allow the A83 to safely reopen under traffic light control once work is complete.

The programme of repairs includes the construction of a concrete wall to support the road as well as a culvert to carry water under the road.  A new temporary catch-pit will be installed at the foot of the recently formed steep channel above the roadside to help provide extra mitigation in the area.  Work has already started on stabilising the sheer face formed below the road by the wash out. A sprayed reinforced concrete face has been formed and this has been tied back to underlying rock with eight metre long rods.

The complex repairs are expected to take up to three weeks to complete, subject to weather conditions and no unexpected issues on site.  Teams plan on undertaking the repairs 24 hours a day to complete the project in the shortest possible timescale.

Once works are complete the A83 will be able to reopen under traffic light control.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said:  “The Old Military Road will remain open tonight after reviewing all safety procedures and close scrutiny of the weather forecast overnight indicates that it will be safe for us to allow traffic through during darkness.

“We’ve concluded designs to allow us to safely repair the A83 following last week’s landslip.

“The repairs involve complex engineering methods which involve stabilising the recently formed steep channels on the embankments above and below the carriageway, as well as repairing the road which was heavily damaged by the landslip.  A catch-pit will also be installed to help provide additional mitigation for the A83.

“With good weather and no unforeseen circumstances we expect these repairs will take up to three weeks to complete, and our teams will work 24 hours a day to get the repairs completed as quickly as we can to allow the A83 to safely reopen.

“We thank all road users and the local community while we do everything we can to repair the A83 after last week’s landslip.  Argyll remains open for business and we advise all road users to plan their journey’s in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for information.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

 

Thursday 13 August – 6:00Am

 

OLD MILITARY ROAD REOPENS FOLLOWING THE GREEN LIGHT FROM SAFETY INSPECTIONS

 

The Old Military Road reopened this morning around 6:00am following successful green light from safety checks at first light this morning.  Teams are continuing with work to complete assessments of the slope and continue with initial repairs to the embankment damaged by the landslip last week.

 

 

Wednesday 12 August – 3.00PM

 

FURTHER WEATHER WARNINGS PROMPT OLD MILITARY ROAD TO CLOSE TONIGHT FROM 9PM

 

• Old Military Road in use during daytime and will close again overnight as a safety precaution

 

• Work continues to repair damaged A83 following major landslide last week

Further Met Office weather warnings across Scotland mean that the Old Military Road will close overnight again from 9pm this evening (Wednesday) as a precaution.

The local diversion route closed during the hours of darkness on both Monday and Tuesday night due to forecast heavy rain and the route will close again overnight for a third night for safety.

All traffic will be diverted from 9pm on to the standard diversion route via the A83, A82, A85 and A819.

Safety assessments will take place at first light tomorrow morning (Thursday) to determine if it is safe to reopen the local diversion route.

A Met Office yellow weather warning is currently in force for thunderstorms across most of the country until later this evening.  The thunderstorms have the potential to bring sporadic heavy rain showers which could impact on the hillside, potentially dislodging some loose debris which may impact on the A83 and OMR below.

Teams closely monitor the hillside during daylight hours however this process is heavily restricted during darkness, making it difficult to spot any material which may have become dislodged.

The local diversion route closed overnight on both Monday and Tuesday as a precaution due to forecast heavy rain but reopened before 7am during the daytime following the green light from safety assessments.  The OMR has been in operation since Saturday morning and motorists have been using the single-track road in a convoy system to safely continue their journey on the A83.

Teams are expecting to determine the full programme of repairs later this week once designs are complete.

Work has already started on stabilising the sheer face formed below the road by the wash out. A sprayed reinforced concrete face has been formed and this has been tied back to underlying rock with eight metre long rods.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “Further weather warnings for thunderstorms are in place across large areas of Scotland throughout the day into the evening, which have the potential to bring sporadic heavy localised rain showers.

“We need to prioritise safety of road users and with the amount of loose debris still present in the channels we’ve decided to close the route overnight for a third night as a precaution and in the interest of keeping everyone safe.

“We’ll assess the route at first light tomorrow morning and reopen the road as early as we can once considered safe to do so.

“Designs are being finalised this week which will allow us to have a clear understanding of a timeline to completing the repair work and safely reopening the A83.

“We thank all road users and the local community for their continued patience while we work to address the impact of last week’s landslip.  Argyll remains open for business and we encourage all road users to check Traffic Scotland for the latest travel updates.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

Wednesday 12 August – 6.15Am

 

OLD MILITARY ROAD OPEN AS LOCAL DIVERSION ROUTE FOLLOWING GREEN LIGHT FROM SAFETY ASSESSMENTS

 

The Old Military Road (OMR) reopened this morning around 6.15am following a green light from safety assessments at first light this morninig.  Teams will continune with assess the damage on the A83 and embankment caused by last week’s landslip.

 

 

Tuesday 11 August – 4.30PM

 

OLD MILITARY ROAD TO CLOSE TONIGHT AT 9PM DUE TO FURTHER WEATHER WARNINGS

• Local diversion route in operation throughout daytime and will close overnight as a safety precaution

• Work continues to repair damaged A83 following major landslide on Tuesday evening

 

The Old Military Road will close overnight again from 9pm this evening (Tuesday) due to Met Office yellow weather warnings across the country.

The local diversion route closed during the hours of darkness on Monday night due to forecast heavy rain and the decision has been taken to close the route again tonight from 9pm as a safety precaution.

All traffic will be diverted from 9pm on to the standard diversion route via the A83, A82, A85 and A819.

Safety assessments will take place at first light tomorrow morning to determine if it is safe to reopen the local diversion route.

A Met Office yellow weather warning is currently in force for thunderstorms across most of the country until midnight tomorrow night.  The thunderstorms have the potential to bring sporadic heavy rain showers which could impact on the hillside, potentially dislodging some loose debris which may impact on the A83 and OMR below.

Teams closely monitor the hillside during daylight hours however this process is heavily restricted during darkness, making it difficult to spot any material which may have become dislodged.

The local diversion route closed overnight on Monday as a precaution due to forecast heavy rain but reopened at around 7am this morning following the green light from safety assessments.  The OMR has been in operation since Saturday morning and motorists have been using the single-track road in a convoy system to safely continue their journey on the A83.

The A83 has been undermined due to large volumes of water and debris washing material from beneath the road and the supporting embankment during a landslip last Tuesday.  Designs are being finalised for the construction of a concrete wall to support the road as well as a culvert to carry water under the road.  Designs for a new temporary catch-pit which will be installed at the foot of the recently formed steep channel above the roadside are also being finalised which will help provide extra mitigation in the area.  Teams are expecting to determine the full programme of repairs later this week once designs are complete.

Work has already started on stabilising the sheer face formed below the road by the wash out. A sprayed reinforced concrete face has been formed and this has been tied back to underlying rock with eight metre long rods.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “With weather warnings for thunderstorms in place overnight across much of the country we have taken the difficult decision to close the local diversion route again from 9pm due to the restrictions in being able to safely monitor the hillside.

“The warnings indicate that localised heavy downpours could sporadically occur overnight which could have an impact on the loose debris present in the channels above the road.  We therefore have decided to close the route for safety overnight and implement the standard diversion route via the A83, A82, A85 and A819.

“We’ll assess the route at first light tomorrow and hope to open the Old Military Road in the early morning following all safety checks.

“Teams have worked tirelessly since Tuesday’s landslip to clear the debris and complete full assessments and safety checks of the area.  The event caused significant damage to the embankments above and below the carriageway, with sections of the road undermined in places due to the volume of water and debris which came down in the landslip.  Designs are being finalised and, in parallel, work has begun on the preparatory stages.

“Safety remains our top priority and we’ll do all we can to reopen the main A83 as quickly as we can.

“As ever we thank the local community and road users for their patience while we address the situation at the Rest.  Argyll remains very much open for business and we ask road users to plan their journey in advance by checking Traffic Scotland for the real-time travel information.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

 

Tuesday 11 August – 7.15AM

 

OLD MILITARY ROAD REOPENED FOLLOWING GREEN LIGHT FROM SAFETY INSPECTION

 

The Old Military Road has reopened under convoy following a successful green light from a safety check at first light this morning.

Work continues to assess the damage to the road on the A83 and teams are in the process of firming up designs which will allow engineers to restore the road to a safe condition.  Teams have already started repairs to a section of the embankment next to the road damaged by Tuesday evening’s landslip.

 

 

Monday 10 August – 3.45PM

 

OLD MILITARY ROAD TO CLOSE OVERNIGHT AT 9PM DUE TO FORECAST HEAVY RAIN AT REST AND BE THANKFUL

 

• Local diversion route to be closed as a safety precaution during hours of darkness

 

• Route expected to reopen tomorrow morning following green light from strict safety assessment

 

• Diversion route via A83, A82, A85 and A819 will be implemented overnight from 9pm

 

The Old Military Road is to be closed overnight tonight (Monday) from 9pm as a safety precaution due to forecast heavy rain expected this evening.

Loose debris is present at sections of the hillside scarred from Tuesday’s landslip which has the potential to become dislodged and impact on the A83 and Old Military Road during heavy rain.

For safety, the local diversion road will be closed overnight given the restrictions of being able to safely monitor the embankment, channel and hillside in the hours of darkness.

A full safety assessment will be completed at first light tomorrow to check for any loose material which may have moved in the channel during the overnight heavy rain and a decision will be taken in the early morning to determine if it is safe to reopen the Old Military Road as before.

Work continues to assess the damage to the road on the A83 and teams are in the process of firming up designs which will allow engineers to restore the road to a safe condition.  Teams have already started repairs to a section of the embankment next to the road damaged by Tuesday evening’s landslip.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said:  “Safety is our top priority and following tonight’s forecast heavy rainfall warning from the Met Office and input from our geotechnical specialists we have taken the difficult decision to close the Old Military Road as a precaution overnight tonight .

“The forecast has indicated localised short heavy rain showers which will impact the Rest and Be Thankful, and given the indication of loose material present in the channel high above the road we want to make sure all road users as well as our own teams remain safe, and therefore the only option is to close the local road overnight.

“A full safety assessment will take place at first light tomorrow morning to check if any material was dislodged in the channel and to see if the Old Military Road was impacted.  Once we are satisfied that the route is safe to reopen the local diversion route will be implemented as before.

“The previous standard diversion route via the A83, A82, A85 and A819 will be reinstated from 9pm tonight until it is considered safe to reopen the local OMR diversion route.

“Safety has to come first and as ever we thank the local community and road users for their patience while we address the situation at the Rest.  Argyll remains very much open for business and we ask road users to plan their journey in advance by checking Traffic Scotland for the real-time travel information.”

Real-time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

 

Saturday 8 August – 9:15AM

 

A83 REST AND BE THANKFUL REOPENS VIA THE OLD MILITARY ROAD FOLLOWING GREEN LIGHT FROM SAFETY ASSESSMENT

 

• Work continues on A83 to assess damage following landslide

The A83 has reopened via the Old Military Road local diversion after being given the green light following a safety assessment this morning.

The road reopened shortly after 9:15am and is now operating under a 24-hour convoy system as a local diversion for road users at the Rest and Be Thankful.

Teams will continue with work to stabilise and assess the damage on the A83 and the embankment above and below the carriageway following Tuesday evening’s landslip.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative, said: “We’re pleased to safely open the Old Military Road under 24-hour operation as a local diversion route for motorists on the A83.

“Safety remains our top priority and we will continue to closely monitor the hillside and the route to check for any issues.

“Stabilisation work continues on the A83 and will continue into next week when a timetable for reopening will be finalised.

“We thank all road users and the local community for their patience while we do all we can to reach a safe reopening of the A83.

“Argyll remains open for business and we encourage road users to plan ahead by checking Traffic Scotland for up to date journey information.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

Friday 7 August – 4.00pm

WORK CONTINUES TO INSTALL ADDITIONAL PROTECTION MEASURES ON OMR AHEAD OF POTENTIAL SATURDAY MID-MORNING OPENING

 

• Opening of route dependent on green light from strict safety assessment

 

• Work continues to clear and assess damage on A83 from landslip on Tuesday evening

 

Work is continuing on the Old Military Road (OMR) at the Rest and Be Thankful to install additional protection measures ahead of potentially opening as a local diversion route for road users from mid-morning tomorrow (Saturday).

The measures include the construction of bunds along the edge of the carriageway and excavation of a channel parallel to the road as an added precaution should any material be washed towards the road from the embankment.

A band of heavy rain is expected to fall in the area later this afternoon and the mitigation measures will help protect the OMR ahead of a potential reopening tomorrow mid-morning.

A rigorous safety assessment will be undertaken by Police Scotland and geotechnical specialists to check all aspects of the local diversion before the Old Military Road can be opened as a diversion route.

Work continues to assess the damage to the A83 and embankment above and below the road following Tuesday’s landslip.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We’re on track to opening the OMR mid-morning tomorrow pending a green light from the safety assessments of the diversion route following this evening’s rain.

“Teams are making good progress with the ongoing construction of the mitigation measures at the OMR and we’re working to having these completed later this evening.

“We’ll only open the OMR as a local diversion if we are completely certain that it is safe to do so.

“Teams are continuing to work on the A83 and assess the damage above and below the road and work is well underway to stabilise the hillside.

“In the meantime Argyll remains open for business with Western Ferries providing additional sailings to help accommodate motorists and our teams assisting road users using the standard route.

“Safety remains our top priority and we’re doing everything we can to safely reopen the OMR as quickly and as safely as we can and then to do likewise with the A83.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

 

 

 

Friday 7 August – 11.00AM

 

CLEARANCE WORK CONTINUES AT REST AND BE THANKFUL FOLLOWING MAJOR LANDSLIDE

 

• Additional protection being constructed on OMR to allow for potential reopening of local diversion Saturday morning pending rigorous safety assessment

 

Major clearance operations continue at the Rest and Be Thankful and Old Military Road (OMR) following a large landslide on Tuesday evening.

Teams have been working to clear around 2,000 tonnes of material from the OMR following the landslip earlier this week.  A protective bund is being constructed by teams along the edge of the OMR and a channel is also being excavated parallel to the road to help provide additional protection.

Heavy rain is forecast from mid-afternoon and the additional measures will help provide extra mitigation in the event of any debris being washed down to the level of the road.

Once all additional protective measures are completed teams are working towards a potential reopening of the OMR as a local diversion route from Saturday mid-morning, following a full rigorous safety assessment by Police Scotland and geotechnical specialists.

Work continues on the A83 and steep channel above the road with further large boulders made safe, the clearance of additional debris and the formation of a debris retention pit. Design of the repair to the downhill slope damaged by the flow of debris and water is also underway.

The A83 and OMR remain closed today and a diversion route in place via the A83, A82, A85 and A819.  Western Ferries have increased their sailings on their Gourock to Dunoon route to accommodate motorists.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said:

“Since the large boulders were made safe yesterday late afternoon, we’ve been progressing with clearing the OMR and safe-guarding it with a view for a potential reopening tomorrow mid-morning. We will only reopen the road if we are absolutely satisfied that it is safe to do so.

“As an added precaution we’re in the process of constructing additional protection measures next to the roadside on the OMR including a protective bund and channel along the edge of the road which will help redirect any excess material or water from impacting the carriageway.

“We will be closely monitoring the hillside and OMR as heavy rain is forecast this afternoon.

“Work is continuing simultaneously on the A83 with good progress being made on the clearance and stabilisation work allowing us to now progress the design of the full repair solution.

“In the meantime Argyll remains open for business with Western Ferries providing additional sailings to help accommodate motorists and our teams are assisting road users using the diversion route.

“Safety remains our top priority and we’re doing everything we can to reopen the OMR as quickly and as safely as we can and then to do likewise with the A83.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

 

 

 

Thursday 6 August – 6.15PM

LARGE BOULDERS EXPOSED BY LANDSLIP MADE SAFE HOWEVER OMR AND A83

REMAIN CLOSED

• Helicopter used to help manoeuvre boulders

 

• Assessments and clear-up operations continue now boulders made safe

 

Large boulders exposed in a steep channel above the A83 have been made safe after teams worked throughout the day to manoeuvre the boulders into a safe location.

The boulders were dislodged following a combination of efforts from a helicopter to drop water onto the material around the boulder as well as using a high-pressured hydraulic ‘jack’ to force the boulder into a new, safer position further down the steep channel.

Due to the safety risk of those working below the boulders the clear-up operations on the OMR and safety assessment of the damage to the carriageway were temporarily held until the boulders were made safe, and teams have now resumed operations and will continue to work until sunset.

The A83 and OMR remain closed and a diversion route in place via the A83, A82, A85 and A819.  Western Ferries have increased their sailings on their Gourock to Dunoon route to accommodate motorists.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said:

“We’re pleased that the boulders that were identified by our geotechnical specialists have now been made safe after a huge effort to clear them in a controlled manner from the steep channel above the A83.

“Due to their size and position it was unsafe for us to carry out any clear-up operations or safety assessments until they were in a suitable, safe position.

“We’re now continuing to press on with operations on the OMR with what remaining daylight there is left.

“Until the clear-up work is complete and a full safety assessment for any damage to the road is complete we cannot open the OMR or A83, therefore they have to remain closed overnight.

“In the meantime Argyll remains open for business and we have additional teams patrolling the diversion route to check for any issues and to help keep traffic moving.  Western Ferries are continuing to offer additional sailing to help accommodate motorists.

“We thank the local community and motorists for their continued patience as we continue to do all we can to address the landslip at the Rest.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the mobile app my.trafficscotland.org

 

 

Thursday 6 August – 11.00am

 

ONSITE ASSESSMENTS AND CLEARANCE OPERATIONS CONTINUE AT REST AND BE THANKFUL

 

• Helicopter being used to help manage large boulder exposed on hillside

 

• Further 100 tonnes of debris reached A83 overnight

 

• A83 and OMR remain closed for safety

 

Assessments of damage to the A83 caused by a large landslip on Tuesday night are continuing today with teams back on site since first light to carry out clear-up of material.

A large boulder, approximately 100 tonnes in size, was exposed in one of the steep channels above the A83 and a helicopter is being used to make the boulder safe by using water bags to manoeuvre it into a safe location.

Overnight around 100 tonnes of further material reached the A83 roadside via the steep channel which had been scoured out by Tuesday evening’s landslip.  Teams are working to clear this with dedicated personnel scanning the hillside for safety to check that no further material could impact on operations below.

A team of 42 people are continuing to work on both the A83, OMR as well as to manage the traffic and ensure the diversion route is kept moving.  16 different vehicles have been deployed by specialists to help clear the OMR and A83 and allow full investigations of the damage to the road to continue.

The A83 and OMR remain closed with a standard diversion route in place via the A83, A82, A85 and A819.  Western Ferries has also added additional sailings between Gourock and Dunoon to help accommodate motorists.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said:

“We have rigorous geotechnical assessments underway on the site and are continuing investigations into how this area has been impacted by Tuesday’s landslide.

“A helicopter is being used to address a large boulder exposed on the hillside which is in the process of being made safe.

“We have a good weather window today so we’re pressing on as much as we can with the clear-up of the OMR and also to clear more material from the A83 so we can fully assess the extent of the damage.

“This is a challenging process due to the amount of debris exposed and the embankments are being carefully monitored by personnel trained in scanning the hillside to alert for any further movements on the slope which could impact on any operations below.

“All efforts are in place to address the landslip as quickly as possible, however safety is paramount and we cannot open either the OMR or the A83 until we are absolutely satisfied that the routes are safe.

“Argyll remains open for business and we have extra support and patrols on the diversion route to ensure traffic is kept moving, and Western Ferries are continuing to offer additional sailings today to accommodate motorists.

“We thank all road users and the local community for their patience while we do everything we can to address the landslide at the Rest and Be Thankful.”

Real-time journey information is available on www.traffiscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

 

 

Wednesday 5 August – 7.00PM

A83 AND OMR TO REMAIN CLOSED OVERNIGHT FOLLOWING LARGE LANDSLIP ON TUESDAY

• Diversion route remains in place

• Assessment of damage to A83 carriageway and clear-up operations ongoing

 

The A83 and Old Military Road (OMR) are to remain closed overnight tonight (Wednesday) following a large landslip at the Rest and Be Thankful on Tuesday evening.

Around 100mm of rain fell across the Argyll area which caused a large landslip around 200m high above the A83, which split into two main channels as it spread out in a “fan effect” down the hillside.  One of the channels filtered into one of the landslip mitigation catch-pits which prevented around 2,000 tonnes of material from reaching the road, with around 1,500 tonnes of debris reaching the carriageway at the second channel.

A further 2,000 tonnes of material was washed onto the OMR which teams have been working to clear since first light this morning.  In total, the landslide is thought to have moved around 6,000 tonnes of debris across the hill, one of the largest landslips in recent times.

Geotechnical specialists have been carrying out initial safety assessments of the area and also started investigating the damage caused by the landslips.  Large car-sized boulders have also been brought down the hillside onto the carriageway, and inspections of the slope are taking place to assess the area for any other potential boulders which were impacted by the landslip and heavy rain.

A 42-strong team is on site carrying out assessments, managing the traffic and continuing the clear-up operation using 16 different kinds of heavy machinery including excavators, lorries and sweepers.

The flow of debris from the A83 and accompanying water flow from yesterday’s heavy rain has caused significant scouring to the embankment slope below the A83, which has undermined the road and demolished the roadside safety barrier.  Teams are working to establish potential repair solutions before the road can be safely reopened.

All traffic is currently being diverted via the standard diversion route via the A83, A82, A85 and A819.  The diversion route is being patrolled and monitored to check for any issues and ensure traffic is kept moving.  Temporary traffic lights are currently in place on the A82 at Inveruglas after yesterday’s heavy rain affected a retaining wall, causing some damage to the road.  Traffic Scotland are also providing additional advanced warning signs for road users to inform them of the closure at the Rest and Be Thankful so motorists can plan an alternative route in advance.

Western Ferries have added additional sailings on their usual Gourock to Dunoon route to help accommodate motorists.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said:

“Teams have been working since first light to carry out the initial clear-up operations on both the A83 and OMR.

“The size and scale of this landslip is presenting us with challenges we’ve not seen previously.  The safety of road users is imperative so we are establishing full assessments of the road and OMR to address any damage before we can safely open the road.

“Once the full inspection of the damage and consideration of options has been completed we will be able to advise on the way forward to undertaking this repair work and to reopen the A83.

“We understand the desire to reopen the road and OMR however we have to devise a safe solution to allow us to do so.  For now, the diversion route remains in place and Western Ferries are running additional sailings for their Gourock to Dunoon crossing to accommodate road users.

“In the meantime, Argyll remains open for business and we encourage road users to check Traffic Scotland for the latest travel information.”

Real-time journey information is available on www.traffiscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 5 August – 11.30AM

Initial Clear-Up Operations Underway Following Landslip At Rest and Be Thankful

• A83 and OMR remain closed and diversion route in place

 

Initial clear-up operations are now underway after a large landslide blocked the A83 and Old Military Road (OMR) at multiple locations yesterday.

Geotechnical specialists have been on site since first light this morning to carry out initial safety inspections of the area and to begin assessing the damage caused by the slips.  BEAR Operations teams have mobilised with specialist machinery at both ends of both the A83 and OMR to begin work to clear the debris.

A large landslip around 200m above the carriageway occurred on Tuesday after up to 100mm of rain fell in Argyll, creating a ‘fan effect’ down multiple water channels some of which reached the roadside.

Approximately 1,500 tonnes of debris is thought to have reached the A83, with around 2,000 tonnes of material washed onto the Old Military Road.  In total, the landslide is thought to have moved around 6,000 tonnes of debris across the hill.

One of the recently installed landslip mitigation catch-pits, built to prevent landslip material reaching the road, caught around 2,000 tonnes of debris material from one of the channels affected by the landslip.

Large car-sized boulders have also been brought down the hillside onto the carriageway, and further safety inspections of the slope are taking place to assess the area for any other potential boulders which were impacted by the landslip and heavy rain.

All traffic is currently being diverted via the standard diversion route via the A83, A82, A85 and A819.  The diversion route is being patrolled and monitored to check for any issues and ensure traffic is kept moving.  Temporary traffic lights are currently in place on the A82 at Inveruglas after yesterday’s heavy rain affected a retaining wall, causing some damage to the road.  Traffic Scotland are also providing additional advanced warning signs for road users to inform them of the closure at the Rest and Be Thankful so motorists can plan an alternative route in advance.

Western Ferries have also added additional sailings on their usual Gourock to Dunoon route to help accommodate motorists.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “Yesterday’s heavy rain caused a large landslip high above the road which reached the A83 and OMR roadside at multiple points, bringing significant amounts of debris.

“Our teams have mobilised at both ends of the A83 at the Rest and OMR and have begun the initial clear-up of the debris.

“Further assessments need to be completed by geotechnical specialists of the hillside and both roads to check for any further concerns, and until these checks and the clear-up is complete the A83 and OMR will remain closed.

“In the meantime, Argyll remains open for business and we encourage road users to follow the diversion route in place for motorists.  Western Ferries are also running additional sailings for their Gourock to Dunoon crossing to accommodate road users.

“Please check Traffic Scotland for most up to date travel information.”

Real-time journey information is available on www.traffiscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

 

Tuesday 4 August, 8.30pm

Large multiple landslips block A83 and Old Military Road

Multiple landslips have blocked the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful in both directions following a period of heavy rainfall across Argyll.

Material from the landslips has also blocked the local Old Military Road, which has previously been mobilised to use as an alternative route to the A83.

Around 65mm of rainfall is estimated to have fallen at the Rest and Be Thankful on Tuesday.

Specialist geotechnical contractors have carried out initial visual assessments from the roadside but initial indications are that there is still movement on the hillside and it is unsafe to begin clear-up operations or carry out further assessments.

The A83 and Old Military Road will both remain closed overnight (Tuesday) and safety assessments will resume at first light tomorrow.

A standard diversion route has been implemented between Tarbet and Cairndow via the A83, A82, A85 and A819.  Temporary traffic lights are in place on the A82 at Inveruglas after heavy rain and flooding also impacted a retaining wall following a day of challenging conditions.

Further update will be provided tomorrow morning.  Motorists are advised to follow Traffic Scotland for up to date journey information.

 

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