The ongoing £1 million parapet improvements on the A9 Dornoch Bridge are soon to reach the halfway point with works to the west side of the bridge nearing completion.
Teams are now looking towards the second phase of the project which will see the parapets on the east side of the 900m structure upgraded.
The parapet replacements works are being carried out behind a temporary safety barrier next to the carriageway to protect roadworkers as well as motorists during the operations.
To allow the next phase to begin, the temporary barrier needs to be re-set along the east side of the bridge. An overnight road closure will be required to safely carry out the switch from one side of the bridge to the other. This is scheduled to take place overnight on Sunday, December 17, from 7pm until 7am.
A signed diversion route will be in place for all traffic via the A836, Bonar Bridge and the A949 adding an estimated 30 minutes to the journey. Passage across the bridge for all Emergency Services will be maintained when it is safe to do so, and pedestrians and cyclists will be escorted through the site as required.
Consultation has been carried out with Emergency Services, transport operators and The Highland Council ahead of the planned bridge closure.
Following the closure, the traffic management arrangements will continue as before on Dornoch Bridge, meaning both lanes of the A9 will continue to remain open throughout the majority of the bridge improvements with a temporary speed limit of 30mph in place as the width of the road will be narrowed.
Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative, said: “The £1million parapet upgrades on Dornoch Bridge are progressing well, and our teams are now preparing for phase two on the east side of the structure.
“In order for us to safely continue with the project, we need to move the traffic management to the other side of the structure and an overnight closure is required for us to safely carry this out.
“We’ve scheduled the closure to take place overnight on a Sunday when traffic flows are generally lower, and the teams will do all they can to carry out the traffic management switch as quickly and safely as possible.
“We thank road users for their patience in advance of the overnight closure and encourage them to plan ahead by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date journey information.”
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