A87 NORTH OF INVERGARRY

January 25, 2021

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Monday 25 January

 

ADDITIONAL OVERNIGHT SURFACING IMPROVEMENTS PLANNED FOR A87 NORTH OF INVERGARRY

  • New £220,000 project added to programme which will follow immediately after Tomdoun Junction project

  • Overnight road closures in place for safety, 8pm – 6am excluding Friday and Saturday nights

Please be advised that further overnight surfacing improvements are planned for the A87 north of Invergarry, which will help create a smoother and safer journey for road users.  The project will follow on from the planned surfacing project on the A87 at Tomdoun Junction, outlined in the release below.

 

The new £220,000 project will involve upgrading an additional one kilometre section of the A87 over three nights between Invergarry and Tomdoun/Kinlochourn Junction, north of Munerigie Wood, creating a smoother and safer route for road users.

 

The project was added to the programme of surfacing work in the area after sections of the route started to deteriorate rapidly, with engineers bringing the project forward to ensure the A87 remains safe.

 

The improvements are now scheduled to get underway on Wednesday 27 January, with all work now expected to be completed by 6am Friday 5 February, subject to weather conditions.

 

The project is now programmed as follows:

 

  • A87 Tomdoun Junction – Wednesday 27 January to Monday 1 February (four nights, excluding Friday and Saturday nights)

Traffic management will remain the same as previously planned, an overnight road closure will be in place between 8pm to 6am to afford protection to the operatives undertaking the works. A signed diversion route for road users will be implemented each night, utilising the A82 and A887, adding an additional 20 minutes to journeys between Invergarry and Bun Loyne.

 

As there is no suitable diversion route for users of the Tomdoun/Kinlochourn road which adjoins the A87 within the site, vehicles will be held at either side of the works areas until they are able to be escorted safely through the site during pre-set amnesty periods. The amnesties will start at 9pm and will occur once per hour on the hour during the overnight closures, and motorists are encouraged to arrive in good time to ensure they can be escorted through the work site to access the Tomdoun/Kinlochourn road.

 

  • A87 north of Munerigie Wood – Tuesday 2 February to Thursday 4 February (three nights)

Due to the narrow road width at this location, the A87 will be closed in both directions between 8pm to 6am to protect roadworkers and motorists. A signed diversion route for road users will be implemented each night via the A82 and A887, adding an additional 20 minutes to journeys between Invergarry and Bun Loyne.

 

The A87 will be open during the daytime, with a 30mph speed limit in place to ensure vehicles can safely pass through the works area on a temporary road surface.

 

Emergency services will be able to pass through the works at all times.

 

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: “We have brought forward the surfacing work planned on the A87 north of Munerigie Wood due to recent cold weather impacting the road surface at this location, causing it to break up sooner than anticipated. Undertaking this work immediately after the re-surfacing at Tomdoun Junction also minimises the disruption for road users and the local community as we will avoid the need for an additional separate closure on the A87.

 

“Our teams will do all they can to complete the works as quickly and safely as they can, and we thank the local community and road users for their patience in advance while we work on this project. We encourage motorists to plan ahead before setting out by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information.”

 

Real-time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland .org, twitter at @trafficscotland or via the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org

£110,000 OVERNIGHT SURFACING IMPROVEMENTS

Project set to begin on Monday 25 January for three nights

  • Overnight road closures in place for safety, 8pm-6am

A section of the A87 north of Invergarry is set to benefit from an improved road surface with works set to get underway later this month.

The £110,000 project will see the section of the A87 at the Tomdoun and Kinlochourn Junction resurfaced, creating a smoother and safer journey for road users.

Overnight works are set to begin on Monday 25 January and are expected to take three nights to complete. The project will take place between 8pm and 6am each night with work due to be completed by 6am on Thursday 28 January, subject to weather conditions.

Due to the narrow road widths at this location, the A87 will be closed in both directions between 8pm to 6am to afford protection to the operatives undertaking the works. A signed diversion route for road users will be implemented each night, utilising the A82 and A887, adding an additional 20 minutes to journeys between Invergarry and Bun Loyne.

As there is no suitable diversion route for users of the Tomdoun/Kinlochourn road which adjoins the A87 within the site, vehicles will be held at either side of the works areas until they are able to be escorted safely through the site during pre-set amnesty periods. The amnesties will start at 9pm and will occur once per hour on the hour during the overnight closures, and motorists are encouraged to arrive in good time to ensure they can be escorted through the work site to access the Tomdoun/Kinlochourn road.

The A87 will be open during the daytime, with a 30mph speed limit in place to ensure vehicles can safely pass through the works site on a temporary road surface.

Emergency services will be able to pass through the works at all times.

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 £110,000 surfacing project will greatly improve the quality and safety for road users at this section of the A87.

“The overnight closures are essential to ensure the safety of roadworkers and road users given the narrow width of the road. We’ve taken steps to limit the overall impact of the project by carrying out as much work as possible overnight.  Hourly amnesties will also only be in place to enable access to the local Tomdoun/Kinlochourn road, and we encourage road users wishing access to arrive in good time to take advantage of these periods.

“Our teams will do all they can to complete the works as quickly and safely as they can, and we thank the local community and road users for their patience in advance while we work on this project. We encourage motorists to plan ahead before setting out by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information.”

Real-time journey planning information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscoltand.org.