A83 Rest and Be Thankful closed overnight due to rain

Old Military Road – which runs parallel to the A83 through Glen Croe – remains open for motorists

Rest and Be Thankful: The road will be closed overnight.
Rest and Be Thankful: The road will be closed overnight again.

By Democrat reporter

The A83 Rest and Be Thankful, the main route from West Dunbartonshire to Argyll and Bute, has been closed again due to heavy rainfall expected in the area.

And the appalling weather conditions look as if they will remain in the West of Scotland for the next few days at least.

The key route through Argyll was shut for safety at 6pm on Saturday, but reopened under traffic light control on Sunday morning following a safety inspection.

Due to further heavy rain expected to sweep across the region from Sunday into Monday morning, the road was closed at 5pm on Sunday.

The Old Military Road (OMR) local diversion route – which runs parallel to the A83 through Glen Croe – remains open for motorists.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s north west representative, said around 130mm of rain has fallen in the past week.

He added: “The A83 reopened under traffic light control at around 8am this morning following a safety inspection by our geotechnical teams on site.

“We’re putting road user safety first and the route will be kept under careful review with teams continuing to monitor the conditions in the area as well as the hillside above the road.

“Given the level of rainfall experienced over the past week, we have retained the OMR local diversion in a state of readiness.

“We are continuing to install mitigation measures at the A83 and we will endeavour to do all we can to keep disruption to a minimum.

“As ever we thank road users and the local community for their patience while we continue this work at the Rest.”

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