Overnight closures for Connel Bridge for repairs to damage caused by high truck

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.

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6 Responses to Overnight closures for Connel Bridge for repairs to damage caused by high truck

  1. At the risk of Ferryman accusing me of not being a regular user of the Connel Bridge (I plead guilty) I’d like to know why – to the best of my knowledge – there’s no form of overhead warning barrier that triggers stop lights if an overheight vehicle approaches the bridge? This type of ‘fail-safe’ precaution is common enough in some European countries – for example, at level crossings where there’s an overhead electric line.
    In this country any construction site involving traffic under low power lines will be legally required to have ‘goalposts’, and it leaves me wondering if the trunk road authority is asleep – or maybe their managing agents get a percentage of the cost of repairing the likes of Connel Bridge? I just can’t believe that the cost of repairs – and disruption – is outweighed by the cost of fitting effective safety warnings.

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    • What I’ve seen in some places is a hefty steel pipe suspended from cables over the road – no electrical system to go wrong, but a driver would have to be deaf or drunk not to be aware of a ‘hit’. (having said that, I wonder what was the driver’s excuse at Connel if – as it would appear – he ploughed on for some distance after hitting the first girder?)

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      • There is also a physical bar to warn drivers but with the lorries stereo on full you might not notice it even if you do hit it. Drivers are supposed to know what the height of their vehicles are and read the signs.

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        • In that case perhaps a reliable stop light system with flashing ‘overheight’ warning would be the obvious failsafe system – the flashing speed signs at the southern entrance to Inveraray and on Great Western Road near Drumchapel are very noticeable.

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          • As linnhe says, there is a recently-installed system of vehicle height sensors linked to NADIX-type display boards/flashing lights, but there have been some ‘teething troubles’ with these.

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