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Delayed 20-night A9 road resurfacing near Alness due to begin today

By Hector MacKenzie

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Blarmore Avenue and Highfield Avenue are getting resurfaced after a six year campaign to fill in the potholes...Picture: Callum Mackay. Image No. 021578.
Blarmore Avenue and Highfield Avenue are getting resurfaced after a six year campaign to fill in the potholes...Picture: Callum Mackay. Image No. 021578.

A 20-night programme of road surfacing work is scheduled to get under way on a stretch of the A9 today.

BEAR Scotland is carrying out the work on the main route through the Highlands between Alness and Tomich on behalf of Transport Scotland.

The scheme, which had originally been due to start on November 13, is set to get under way today (November 20).

A new surface will be laid on the carriageway of the A9 between Alness and Tomich, with the aim of creating a smoother and safer road for motorists.

The project is scheduled to take place over 20 nights until Monday, December 18 with work scheduled between 7pm and 7am each night. There will be no work on Friday or Saturday nights. Works will be complete by 7am on Monday, December 18 "subject to weather conditions".

To protect road workers 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.

BEAR Scotland manages and maintains the trunk roads in the north-west of Scotland on behalf of Transport Scotland.

Transport Scotland is the national transport agency for Scotland. The executive agency of the Scottish Government is responsible for overseeing the inspection, maintenance, operation and improvement of trunk roads.

The works are weather dependent and BEAR says that any significant changes or delays to the programme will be advertised.

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

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