A surfacing improvement project on the A86 that will improve the condition of the trunk road at four separate locations is now underway between West of Ardverikie and Roughburn.
The £600,000 project will see over 3.5km of carriageway resurfaced, creating a smoother and safer journey for motorists that use the route.
Having commenced on the evening of Sunday 23 May, the works are expected to continue over a period of four weeks, taking place between 8pm and 6am each night. Completion is expected by 6am on Friday 18 June, subject to weather. No works will take place on Friday or Saturday nights, nor will any work be undertaken on the Sunday 30 and Monday 31 May given the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.
The programme is outlined as follows:
Due to the narrow carriageway widths at these locations of the A86, work will be undertaken using a full road closure to ensure the safety of road workers and motorists. As there is no suitable diversion route for these sections of the A86, vehicles will be held at either side of the work site until they are able to be escorted safely through the site during pre-set amnesty periods at 9pm, 10pm, 11pm, 12am, 2am and 4am. Motorists are encouraged to arrive in good time to ensure they are accommodated within the amnesty period.
Emergency services will be able to pass through the works at all times.
The A86 will remain open during the daytime to keep disruption to a minimum, however, to ensure the safety of motorists a speed restriction of 30mph will remain in place as traffic will be running on a temporary surface.
Consultation has been carried out with emergency services and relevant stakeholders to make them aware of the plans and share information about the project in advance.
Strict physical distancing protocols, in accordance with Scottish Government COVID-19 guidance, will be implemented to protect operatives, such that they remain safe at all times.
Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative, said: “This £600,000 surfacing improvement project will help address the defects across four locations on the A86, improving safety and ride comfort for road users.
“We need to close the road overnight to ensure that our teams and road users are kept safe during the project, however we’ve arranged for the works to take place overnight and are avoiding working during busier periods to minimise disruption as much as we can. We’ve also arranged for amnesty periods that will allow traffic to safely pass through the work sites at set times thus limiting any impact as best we can.
“Our teams will do all they can to complete the works quickly and safely, and we thank the local community and road users for their patience while the re-surfacing operations are undertaken. We encourage motorists to plan ahead before setting out by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information.”
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