A82 upgrade proposal could see road closed for 14 weeks
Have just been alerted to this story by The Clachaig blog. The official brochure is here.
As has been muted on the blog, the consultation has been very low key and it ends today.
As someone who uses this road every other weekend to get to the hills I know what impact it'll have on me but I have even greater concerns for the businesses trying to keep going during these economic hard times who's passing traffic will see a huge drop due to this.
Yes parts of the A82 need upgraded but is this bottleneck really the worst part and going to give the best benefit to the traffic?
Hmm... the obvious solution would seem to be a tunnel, cut from the north, which would allow the existing road to remain extant during the majority of the works.
But piered viaducts are no doubt cheaper, and I can't remember whether the geology and topography would suit a tunnel. I guess it might also cause trouble for the railway...
Maybe it's one scheme that won't go any further, in the light of budget cuts...
Not so sure about how this will go with the budget cuts Cpt Paranoia especially as we have Scottish Parliment elections in May. Will no doubt depend on who's chewin who's ear
I'm in no doubt that the A82 needs upgrading and yes Luss and that section of Loch Lomondside greatly benefited from the upgraded road as will the section from Tarbet to Crianlarich. My main concern is that they will try and do it on the cheap and in so many sections that it will leave that area disrupted with roadworks for years to come, not just the 14 week closure proposal.
I also have major doubts in the logistics of the diverted routes not being free from major works themselves during this as is the usual when anything else is going on up here
Essentially cut Glasgow off from the Highlands for 14 weeks?
Oooh....pinch me. I'm dreaming
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