Everyone remembers the sight of buckled cross beams at the northern end of the landmark Connel Bridge across the Falls of Lora at the entrance to Loch Etive.
This was the result of an overheight truck plundering regardless on to the bridge.
A number of cross beams need to be replaced as a result and repairs to parts of their supporting structure – also damaged – are necessary.
Scotland Transerv is now to do those repairs and, because of the narrow single carriageway across this former rail bridge, the work will be done at night under road closure.
The repairs will get going on Monday night – 2nd July – and will see three successive night closures between 22.00 and 06.000, finishing on the morning of Thursday 5th of July.
The road will be closed to all traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian, to ensure public safety and allow unrestricted access to get the work done as quickly as possible.
As well as the replacement of the steel beams, repairs to the bridge deck surface will be carried out at the southern end of the bridge. This will involve removal of the existing surfacing to expose the bridge deck; then repairs to the concrete deck and finally reinstatement of the bridge deck surfacing.
As the works will take several nights, rigid boards will be laid on the deck between closures to ensure there is a suitable surface for daytime traffic.
Emergency services will have unrestricted access at all times.
Motorists should pay attention to any advisory signs which will be in place throughout the period of the works – and allow extra time for any unavoidable nighttime journeys. The diversion is a long one – via Glencoe to the A85 from Tyndrum.