Good news for 'dangerous' Comrie road
Nicole Reid • Published 11 May 2012 09:30
COMRIE residents are celebrating the news work finally began on the "dangerous" Langside Road this week.
After a year of campaigning following a number of accidents - including a young driver overturning his car - repair work began on the B827 road between Dalginross and Tigh-na-Blair yesterday (Wednesday).
Two severe winters have left the road in such a state, 5mph restrictions have been put in place. Whether exiting or entertaining the village from Braco, cars are forced to swerve gaping holes dotted along the route and tarmac crumbling away at the edges.
Community Councillors have campaigned for months to get the road fixed and were delighted to hear their hard work has paid off. They said it had been causing problems for drivers for over a year becoming "an absolute nightmare" in the village. But worried patchwork would only last a temporary time and pleaded for resurfacing "for the sake of drivers on this well-used, commuters route"
Secretary Sandra McRitchie told the Strathallan Times: "This is great news for the area as it has become such a dangerous route. We had a teenager turning his car onto its roof, the repairs are desperately needed. I just hope the road is not closed for long enough to affect the Auchingarrich Wildlife centre's business and that patching work does not take place as we just be going round in circles."
Many residents have welcomed the news. Carolyn Baxtor, 42, said: "This is great news for the area, the road should never have been left in this state - it is absolutely ridiculous. It's too dangerous to be swerving about the road to dodge huge holes.
"My husband had to have work done to his van after he hit a pothole on the road - which not only put him out of pocket but left him without his own van for a few days at work. I know a lot of residents will be delighted to see the work carried out."
A council spokeswoman confirmed the timetable of works, saying: "Perth and Kinross Council can confirm that works to repair the section of the B827 between Dalginross and Tigh-na-Blair will commence on May 9.
"The initial repairs will consist of patching works on the length between
Dalginross and the Glenartney Road, to be completed by Wednesday, May 16, subject to weather conditions. These works will be carried out under a road closure, with local access to properties in the section under repair being maintained. There will be no works over the weekend of May 12 and 13 and the road will be open during this period.
"From May 21, surfacing and patching works will be undertaken between
the Glenartney junction and Tigh-na-Blair. As with the first part of the
works, a road closure will operate for five days, with local access to
properties being maintained.
"Residents will be receiving notification of the works shortly. The
timing of the repairs has been carefully considered to minimise
disruption as far as possible to the local community and businesses.
There will however be some unavoidable delays for motorists and we would
ask for their co-operation whilst these essential road maintenance works
are carried out."
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