The second phase of a £130,000 pedestrian crossing project on the A82 in Inverness is set to get underway next week.
This phase of the project will involve teams installing a new puffin crossing on the A82 between Montague Row and Ardross Street, creating a safer and accessible crossing point on the road. As part of the works, teams will also reconstruct sections of the footway around the new puffin crossing, whilst also installing high friction surfacing, new road markings and improved drainage on the A82 approaches to the crossing location.
The project follows on from the installation of a new signalised pedestrian crossing on the A82 at Smith Avenue, which has been operational since August.
Works will get underway from Monday 2 November and are expected to take six weeks to complete, subject to weather conditions.
To keep site personnel and road users safe during the project, temporary traffic lights will be in place for the duration of the works, and footway closures and temporary pedestrian access routes will be arranged to allow safe access past the site.
Strict physical distancing protocols, in line with Scottish Government COVID-19 guidance, will be in place to protect site personnel and the public for the duration of the project.
Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative, said: “We are delighted to see the second phase of this pedestrian crossing project on the A82 through Inverness get underway.
Road safety is a top priority for BEAR Scotland and Transport Scotland, and this scheme on the A82 at Montague Row in Inverness is part of our commitment to improving pedestrian facilities on the trunk road network.
“The first of two new controlled crossing facilities in Inverness was installed at Smith Avenue and has been operational since August. This crossing has provided the local community with a safe crossing point on the A82. Implementation of a second safe crossing point at Montague Row will support more journeys by walking and wheeling on the route.
“The traffic management arrangements are essential for the protection of our workforce as well as motorists and pedestrians; however, we’ve arranged these works to take place off peak during the daytime and our teams will do all they can to complete the project as quickly and as safely as possible.
“We encourage all road users to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date journey information.”
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