A new road on Loch Lomondside, which has taken away traffic lights on A82 for the first time in almost 35 years, has been described as a “breathtaking” engineering achievement.
Transport Minister Derek Mackay has praised the newly opened £9.2 million Pulpit Rock road scheme.
The route from Glasgow to Inverness has been single-track for almost 35 years meaning motorists had to stop at traffic lights.
The new road is expected to be a welcome boost for business and locals who depend on the route to the north.
Mr Mackay said: “The A82 is not only a vital lifeline for businesses and local communities but a very popular route for visitors to Scotland, and it’s why we have pumped £57 million into the road’s upgrade and maintenance since 2007.
“Our multi-million schemes are improving journeys and the new viaduct at Pulpit Rock now takes traffic over Loch Lomond’s shoreline is both breathtaking and a significant engineering achievement.
“The viaduct enables the road to be widened to two way traffic and for traffic signals which have been there for over thirty years, to be removed and will be welcomed by local communities and road users.”