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Residents in the north of the island face a month long closure of the Bogullie while vital road repairs are carried out.
It is proposed to close the main road to Lochranza for seven and a half hours a day with work starting on January 29 next year. The work involves resurfacing and widening on the A841 near the Witches Bridge which is an accident blackspot, particularly for cyclists.
North Ayrshire Council roads bosses have confirmed the work will take up to 30 days with the road being closed from 9am to 4.30pm daily. They say the closure is needed because of the heavy machinery which will be on site.
However, the lengthy closure will mean disruption for residents and businesses at the north end as well as causing a big increase in traffic on The String and the Machrie Moor Road.
Before the work starts on the Bogullie there will also be disruption on The String with resurfacing work programmed for early January. This work will be from Glenshurig towards the weather station at the summit, which should take about five days. During this time the road will be closed from 9am to 1pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm daily.
Road resurfacing south of Sliddery is programmed to follow on from these works also during January. This is expected to take up to two working weeks with the road closed from 9am to 4.30pm daily.
A council spokesman said: ‘The proposed programme of works may be subject to change due to weather or ferry disruption. North Ayrshire Council (Roads) would like to apologise in advance for any disruption these works may cause.’
Meanwhile, The Ross road will be closed for drainage works from Tuesday November 14 for four working days, or until the works are complete.