ROAD and pavement works on the A83 between Tarbet and Arrochar are due to begin next week.

Trunk roads maintenance firm BEAR Scotland plans to spend five weeks widening both the footway and the carriageway on a 560-metre stretch of the road by 50 centimetres, and to carry out upgrades to the existing drainage system.

The project is set to begin on Monday, October 7 at an estimated cost of £170,000.

Work is due to be carried out on weekdays only.

The A83 will remain open throughout the improvements, but to ensure the safety of road workers and motorists, there will be temporary traffic lights in place 24 hours a day during the phases of the project.

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Access to properties will be maintained for the duration of the works.

To accommodate the footway operations, it will be necessary to close sections of the footway for periods of time for safety reasons.

As a footway diversion is not possible pedestrians will instead be escorted through site by BEAR teams for safety.

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Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s north west representative, said: “The drainage improvements will help ensure any excess water on the A83 is drained away from the carriageway effectively, helping to improve road safety.

“The footway upgrades will also improve the pedestrian facilities on this section of the A83, by removing the grass strip to widen the footway by around 50cms.

“Our teams will do all they can to complete the project as quickly and safely as possible.

"We thank road users and pedestrians for their patience in advance and encourage them to plan ahead by checking the Traffic Scotland website for real-time journey information.”

Real-time journey planning information can be obtained by visiting, twitter at @trafficscotland, or the new mobile site

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