Overnight surfacing improvements through Golspie on the A9 are set to get underway next week following an investment of £125,000 from Transport Scotland.
The road improvements will see resurfacing and refreshment of road markings across multiple sections of the route along a 2km length. This will create a smoother, quieter road surface on this section of the A9, improving road safety for all road users as well as reducing the audible impact on the surrounding residents.
The £125,000 scheme is scheduled to begin on Monday 2 July and is expected to take five nights to complete, with works taking place between 7pm and 7am each night. The project has been arranged so any nosier operations will be completed by 11pm each night.
The A9 will remain open throughout the improvements, however to keep road workers as well as road users safe a 10mph convoy system will be in place each night during the works. The convoy system will be removed out with working hours, however a 30mph speed limit will remain in place, as traffic will be travelling over a temporary road surface. Access through the works site for emergency services will be maintained at all times.
For safety during the improvements, Alisdair Road and Church Street will be closed on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 July, with the closure of Sibell Road required on the nights of Thursday 4 and Friday 5 July. Local diversions will be in place for road users during the overnight closure periods.
Consultation has been carried out with all local stakeholders and residents to inform them of the works in advance.
Commenting on the resurfacing plans, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “This investment for the A9 through Golspie will allow our teams to carry out surfacing repairs to any cracks, potholes or other defects in the carriageway.
“We’ve planned the works to take place at night to limit the impact to road users as much as possible, and our teams will do all they can to carry out the project as quickly and safely as they can.
“We thank road users in advance for their patience while we complete these overnight surfacing improvements, and encourage people to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date journey information.”
Real-time journey planning information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org or twitter @trafficscotland.