Metal bridge brought in to assist with road repairs

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An end is in sight for the roadworks which have caused regular traffic delays for weeks on the Brodick hill heading for Lamlash.

Works finally began to repair the A841 main road after a  landslide in April caused subsidence which damaged the sandstone structure on the banks of the Strathwhillan Burn, leaving the bridge and road seriously undermined.

Necessitating extensive and complex repairs that were anticipated to take time to complete – due to assessments and a tendering process – the temporary measure to re-route traffic away from the damaged portion of roadway was undertaken until a permanent solution could be found.

Initial works finally got underway on Monday with workmen starting repairs on the abutments for the bridge. Repairing the supports for lateral pressure on the bridge will help prevent the possibility of the entire road becoming unstable when tackling repairs on the landslip.

To relieve any pressure on the roadway while repairs are being undertaken, a single track metal bridge will be installed over the entire work area which will allow traffic to continue to pass in single file from both directions.

The metal bridge is being installed in two stages, with the initial part due to be installed last night (Thursday), which required the road to be completely shut from 10pm to 4am today (Friday). The final phase will take place over the next few days, with a similar time for the closure but the exact date was not confirmed by the time of to going to press.

A spokesman from North Ayrshire Council said: ‘Work to install a temporary bridge to facilitate essential landslip repair works on the A841 will be undertaken using traffic light controls. Whilst we are conscious of the importance of keeping the road open as best we can, the work will necessitate up to two overnight closures from 10pm – 4am only, with a diversion route in place.

‘We would ask residents to visit our dedicated website page at www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/roads for all roadworks updates and would like to thank the public for their patience while we carry out these essential safety repairs.’

A section of the road has been removed to investigate and repair the underlying structure. 01_B29road03

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