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A83 to close overnight

Drivers will be diverted to use the Old Military Road

By Megan Bonar
A83 to close overnight

The A83 is set to close at 7pm today (Monday, October 3) due to a forecast of heavy rain, with road users travelling after this time being diverted to the Old Military Road.

The road is currently operated under convoy control before the overnight diversion comes into force later this evening.

A meeting will be held at 8am tomorrow morning to assess the latest weather forecast and hillside conditions.

The decision regarding traffic management arrangements for tomorrow, October 4, will be made during this meeting. Given the poor weather forecast, it is likely a combination of Old Military Road diversions and convoy operations on the A83 will continue throughout this week.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West representative said: “We’re putting road user safety first and diverting all traffic to use the Old Military Road from 7pm as a safety precaution due to tonight’s weather forecast of heavy rain showers.

“A band of heavy rain is expected to impact the area from this afternoon, becoming heavy by mid-afternoon and continuing through the rest of the day and overnight into Tuesday morning.

“We have teams closely monitoring conditions in the area as well as the hillside above the A83, and we’ll assess the situation tomorrow morning with a view to re-opening the trunk road as quickly as possible if conditions permit and it is safe to do so.

“As ever, we thank all road users and the local community for their patience in advance while we continue with our work to address the Rest and Be Thankful.”

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