The main road between Helensburgh and Dumbarton will be completely closed for three weeks this summer, meaning lengthy diversions for drivers.
Argyll and Bute Council has already started work on the A814 and a convoy system will operate ‘from time to time’ until June 29.
The work will involve re-building the carriageway, improving the surface and skid resistance. There will be additional work to repair kerb and road markings and at the same time the council will clear scrub and surface debris in the area.
The council says the work is being done because of considerable deterioration in the road over recent years partly due to major utility services installation works.
The final surfacing operation will mean the A814 is closed to through traffic at the following times:
- 07:00 Monday July 2 – 17:00 Friday July 6 Dumbarton – Cardross (Ardoch and Lee Brae works)
- 07:00 Monday July 9 – 17:00 Friday July 13 Cardross – Helensburgh (Geilston and Moss Road)
- 07:00 Monday July 16 – 17:00 Friday July 20 Cardross – Helensburgh (Ardmore and Iona stables)
A council spokesperson said the road had to be closed because of the size of the machine being used to put the surface down – it needs two lanes to be done safely and protect workers.
Keeping one lane open would mean long delays and so there will be a diversion in place. Locals have been assured they will still have access to their homes and businesses throughout the works but access points will vary from day to day and there will be signs indicating the accessibility from each end.
The final stage of works in this area will be in September, to replace the surfacing through the whole of the A814 in Cardross between the speed limits, with a convoy system in operation because so many homes and business are affected.
The diversion routes will be:
- Westbound; A82 Dumbuck – A82 Arden – A818 Cross Keys – Sinclair Street, Helensburgh.
- Access to Cardross – week 1 closure via East King St and A814 Colgrain.
- Eastbound; Sinclair Street – A818 Cross Keys – A82 Arden – A814 Dumbuck to Westcliff
- Access to Cardross – week 2 and 3 via A814 Dumbarton
Lead councillor for roads and amenity services, Donald Kelly said “We are conscious there will be disruption to the local community and have planned the works at a time when business traffic will be reduced and schools are closed.
“There will be little or no haulage to Cardross Sawmill during the first two weeks. Businesses will be able to operate using the diversion route and there will be some limited access from each end of the closure.
“Bins will still be collected on the usual days although there could be some delays. Cardross crematorium will remain open and there will be a full service but journey times may vary and the council is meeting with churches and undertakers to discuss the best way to keep delays to a minimum.”
“Scheduled bus services will stop at Westcliff in Dumbarton during the three weeks of diversions and there will be a local free shuttle service, using council minibuses from the end of each closure section available to the nearest railway stations at either end. “
“I firmly believe the A814 works will be of great benefit to the community as a whole for years to come.”