Transport Scotland have announced that four bidders have been selected for the £11 million improvements due to start at Pulpit Rock next year.
The scheme will see traffic signals being removed from this section after 30 years and the road upgraded to enable the free flow of traffic.
The four companies now to bid for the project are:
- Morrison Construction;
- McLaughlin & Harvey;
- Balfour Beatty;
- Morgan Sindall.
Transport Minister Keith Brown has also decided to proceed with the scheme to construct a bypass of Crianlarich on the A82. The Minister gave the go ahead for the upgrade after considering the findings and recommendations from a public hearing.
Mr Brown said: ‘The Scottish Government is committed to upgrading the A82 – it is a vital economic and social lifeline which connects the businesses and communities in Highlands and Islands with those in the central belt.
‘It is encouraging that there has been strong interest in the Pulpit Rock project from the construction industry and that plans to upgrade this route are progressing on schedule. It is an ambitious project – we need a solution that fits well with the specific geographical challenges of this route, while maintaining the renowned beauty of the area.
‘However, with bidders selected and the design process moving forward, commuters can look forward to relief on this route in the near future.
‘I have also given the go ahead for the Crianlarich Bypass. This scheme will benefit road users by removing the significant delays which occur at the existing A85/A82 priority junction.
“Along with the Pulpit Rock works and the Crianlarich Bypass, we now want to take forward the design work to identify a preferred alignment for an upgrade of the 16 km section between Tarbet and Inverarnan.’
The Pulpit Rock improvements will involve the provision of a new 0.4km single two-lane carriageway, which includes a new viaduct structure that runs parallel to the loch shoreline for 180m and online widening of the existing carriageway to the north of the structure.
As with all major infrastructure projects, Transport Scotland will carry out extensive consultation and engagement with the local community throughout the process. Public exhibitions are to be held this summer in areas which will be affected by the works.
Construction is expected to last for around one year and the anticipated construction cost for the scheme is £11 million.
With regard to the wider upgrade of the route, Transport Scotland recently completed environmental and engineering surveys on the route and these will be used to help identify a preferred alignment for an upgrade of the 16 km section between Tarbet and Inverarnan. Work to procure specialist design consultants is underway.
The Crianlarich Bypass scheme will provide approximately 1.3 kilometres of new, single two-lane carriageway from the south of Crianlarich to the north of the village. The next step in the statutory process for the scheme is to publish made road orders (which show the final land-take and line of the road), which is expected to happen this Autumn.
The A82 is the main link road from Glasgow and the Central Belt to Fort William, the Highlands and the Western Isles.
Now for the A83.