Comment posted A83 landslide closure updates by Robert Wakeham.
Stuart: the ugliness can be mitigated, to some extent, by good design; The impact on the landscape is greatest where there’s a lot of mass concrete on display, but the outer support columns are much less noticeable if they’re steel, and the sloping roof can be designed to host a layer of soil and vegetation (obviously likely to be wiped out if and when there is a slide, but still perfectly feasible whre the incidence is relatively infrequent). The slips on the Rest seem to be distributed over various locations, and hopefully not really frequent at any one spot.
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- Such an optimist – we live in Argyll; it rains.
- Traffic camera reality check at 10pm: Snow covered A82 at Tyndrum, distinctly less snowy A83 at The Rest.
- So It’s Tuesday (decision day?), the Rest is closed again tonight, and it looks like a blizzard at Tyndrum, and even more of a blizzard at Dalmally.
- Derek: it’s nothing to do with the council, it’s the government – it’s a trunk road.
- Andrew: I can’t imagine anything worse than having to travel that detour regularly; I’m sure that there are others commuting from Lochgoilhead – and that you’d be best to seek them out for advice. Ignore Jake – he’s wrong, anyway – it’s not 3-legged haggis at all, it’s the ancient Scottish ancestors of the ‘Side Hill Walkers’ that inhabited the French Canadian wilderness: animals with their legs longer on one side or the other to cope with mountainsides. They prefer conical hills as they can’t turn around, and tend to panic on the steep slopes above the Rest when they can’t find their way home. They died out years ago in Canada because cross breeding was a disaster, but have hung on in Argyll.
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Maybe because, unlike in Alpine countries and Scandinavia, the snow here is usually localised and/or ‘here today & gone tomorrow’ – and people are surely wary of the hassle of having to repeatedly stop and put on / take off snow chains, or risk damage by driving with them on cleared roads.
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