Forestry Commission to start second phase of slope stabilisation at Glen Righ on A82

The second stage of Forestry Commission Scotland’s work to stabilise slopes on the A82 at Glen Righ, south of Fort William will get going on Monday 13th January.

This is preparation for the next phase of tree felling later this year, seeing work on the southern, steeper section of the Glen Righ site with rock scaling and the removal of boulders.

Residents and road users should note that traffic management will be in place from 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday and will involve one lane closure on the A82 south of the Commission’s Loch Linnhe car park.

There will also be some short periods of full road closure of no more than 10 minutes – but these will be outwith the rush hour and any traffic build up will be given time to clear before any further closure.

Traffic lights will be removed at the end of each working day and the Commission’s team will liaise closely with emergency services during the short closures to ensure they are not delayed.

Alex Macleod, project manager for the Commission, says: ‘Recent storms, which saw trees blow across the A82 at Glen Righ and at Loch Lochy, have emphasised the need for us to deal with these steep ground sites. The slope stability work that we’re about to start will get the site ready for tree felling which will take place after Easter.

‘Together with BEAR Scotland, the Police and Transport Scotland, we’ve done a lot of behind-the-scenes planning for this latest operational phase.  The extreme steepness of the hillside is going to make it really challenging for our geotechnical teams. It’s also imperative that for public safety we put traffic management in place.

‘We remain aware that our works do cause some inconvenience to road users and local communities but we will continue to work closely with our contractors, BEAR Scotland and Transport Scotland, to ensure that delays are kept to a minimum.’

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