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Highland road set for widening project

Posted 31 January 2013
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Highland road set for widening project
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Many outdoor lovers who set off to go walking or climbing in the west Highlands will find themselves driving or on a bus up the A82, which passes by Loch Lomond on the way towards Rannoch Moor, Glencoe and Fort William.

While the scenic drive alongside mainland Britain's largest lake amid ever more mountainous scenery is enjoyable for many, there is one point - Pulpit Rock - where traffic can end up stuck in a queue, with traffic lights allowing it to crawl through the single lane.

This will soon change, however, with Transport Scotland announcing it has picked McLaughlin & Harvey as the preferred bidder for a £9.2 million road-widening project.

Starting in October this year, it will see 500m of new road being built, with a viaduct running alongside the Loch to support it.

It does mean a year of work, so there will be congestion at the time, with this summer offering normal conditions, but the future providing a swifter and easier passage along the road.

The A82 appeared in the Bond film Skyfall, although the scene as the Aston Martin drives towards Buachaille Etive Mor in Glencoe is depicted as taking place on the A9.