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A9 road resurfacing between Alness and Tomich back on track

By Hector MacKenzie

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Roadworks on the A9 between Alness and Tomich. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Roadworks on the A9 between Alness and Tomich. Picture: James Mackenzie.

A £1.3million A9 road resurfacing project in Easter Ross got under way this week after a couple of false starts.

On behalf of Transport Scotland, BEAR Scotland is carrying out road surface improvements on the A9 between Alness and Tomich.

The project is scheduled to take place over 20 nights and should be finished – weather permitting – by 7am on Monday, December 18.

A spokeswoman said it got started on Monday and is running to schedule to date

To protect roadworkers and motorists there will be a lane closure with a 10mph convoy system in place.

The A9/Obsdale Road, Alness junction will also be closed with a signed local diversion in place.

Traffic management will be removed outwith working hours to keep disruption to a minimum, with a speed restriction of 30mph in place as traffic will be running over a temporary surface.

Consultation has taken place with all relevant stakeholders in advance of the resurfacing improvements to make them aware of the traffic management arrangements.

Ian Stewart, BEAR Scotland’s north west representative, said: “These road maintenance works on the A9 at Alness will help address defects and greatly improve the surface for road users.

“The use of convoy traffic management during working hours is essential to ensure the safety of roadworkers and motorists.”

“We thank the local community and road users for their patience in advance while we complete 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.traffic.gov.scot or X @trafficscotland.

Materials removed from the existing carriageway will be recycled using SEPA approved methods.

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