Published: 03/11/2017 12:53 - Updated: 03/11/2017 13:04

Six-month Ullapool roadworks get under way to reduce flood risk


Traffic will be diverted over a temporary bridge during the construction project


A TEMPORARY bridge and road will allow traffic to continue flowing on a major Wester Ross route while a six-month project is carried out to alleviate flooding.

The £1 million construction work will start on Monday on the A835 road three miles outside Ullapool at Leckmelm Farm.

It will involve building a new culvert under the trunk road to address historic flooding issues.

It will be a larger, box culvert design and will provide a significantly increased capacity for water flows, designed to last for more than 120 years.

A temporary bridge will be constructed with a temporary diversion road created next to the culvert.

Temporary traffic lights and a reduced speed limit of 30mph will also be in place for the safety of road workers and motorists.

The work is being carried out during the autumn and winter months to avoid impacting the peak tourist season.

Eddie Ross, Bear Scotland’s north west representative, said: "This £1 million project will address historic flooding issues near Leckmelm Farm, helping to improve road safety during periods of heavy rain.

"The investment is vital to ensure the A835 remains a safe, reliable route to Ullapool and the Outer Hebrides.

"Our teams have designed the project to include a temporary bridge to be constructed next to the site, ensuring that the A835 remains open throughout this major project, helping to ensure disruption is minimised.

"We’re also carrying out the installation during autumn and winter to avoid impacting on the tourist season in the spring and summer months.

"We encourage all road users to follow any signs or traffic management that is in place for their own safety as well as that of our teams, and remind them to plan ahead and leave some extra time before they travel."

Real-time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland at or twitter @trafficscotland.

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