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End to Alness to Tomich £1.3million A9 road resurfacing in sight (weather-depending)

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.

RESURFACING works planned for a stretch of the A9 in Easter Ross have been postponed for the rest of this week but are scheduled to restart on Sunday.

The £1.3m work on the A9 between Alness and Tomich started back in November of last year but had been subject to a number of mostly weather-related delays.

BEAR Scotland, which is carrying out the work on behalf of Transport Scotland, says the work will now restart this Sunday (February 11) and will be completed – weather-depending – on Thursday, February 15.

A new surface is being laid on the carriageway of that stretch of the main trunk road through the Highlands, "creating a smoother and safer road for motorists".

The final works between Sunday and Thursday are due to take place between 7pm and 7am each night. It's hoped works will be complete by 7am on Thursday, 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 says.

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