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Repairs to be carried out on A82 at Glen Gloy in Lochaber

The A82 near Glen Gloy Image copyright john allan/geograph
Image caption The A82 near Glen Gloy

More than £1m will be spent on major repairs and improvements to the A82 at Glen Gloy between Fort William and Fort Augustus, Transport Scotland has said.

There have been traffic lights on the stretch since a landslip damaged a riverbank supporting the road in November 2011.

Land has been purchased so a 984ft (300m) section of the A82 can be realigned.

The construction of the new road is expected to start early next year.

A contractor is being sought to carry out the work.

Tree uprooted

The landslip happened during high winds and heavy rain. It uprooted a tree and damaged a riverbank.

Graham Edmond, head of network maintenance for Transport Scotland, said the improvements would fully reopen the A82 in the glen.

He said: "This is a complicated project which will involve the realignment of a 300m stretch of the road through land uphill from the gorge.

"It will improve driving conditions by taking away two of the bends through this narrow section of the A82."

He added: "We aim to have a contractor in place to start the work by the beginning of next year.

"The exact timescales will be finalised following the appointment of a contractor and completion of the designs.''

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