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Overnight work on stretch of A835 near Garve in Ross-shire set to cause delays for motorists, BEAR Scotland says

By Hector MacKenzie

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OVERNIGHT work on a £190,000 road improvement on a section of the A835 in Ross-shire is set to start next week with motorists set for major delays.

The six-night project on a stretch of road between the Garve Hotel and the A832 junction aims to create a safer and smoother journey for road users and to reduce the noise impact on the surrounding residential area.

The work is due to start on Tuesday, October 13. Work will take place between 8pm and 7am each night.

It is scheduled to be completed by 7am on Wednesday, October 21.No work is programmed for Friday or Saturday nights.

Due to the narrow widths of road on the stretch, the A835 will be closed in both directions during working hours to ensure the safety of both road workers and motorists.

As there is no suitable diversion route for this section of the A835, vehicles will be held at either side of the work site until they are able to be escorted safely through the roadworks during set amnesty periods at 9pm, 10pm, 12am, 2am and 4am.

Motorists are encouraged to arrive prior to these times to ensure they are accommodated within the amnesty period.

Traffic management will be removed out with working hours, however a 30mph speed limit will be in place as traffic will be travelling over a temporary surface.

Access for local residents and businesses will be maintained during the project and emergency services will be able to pass through the works at all times.

Consultation has been undertaken with local residents, businesses, the local authority and emergency services to make them aware of the works and the traffic management arrangements that will be in place.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s north west representative, said: “This surfacing project will improve the condition of the road surface and road safety across this section of the A835, benefitting road users for years to come.

“The overnight closures at Garve are essential for ensuring the safety of road workers and road users due to the narrow widths of the road. We’ve taken steps to limit the overall impact of the project by carrying out as much work as possible overnight and avoiding working on Friday and Saturday nights.

“Our teams will do all they can to complete the works as quickly and safely as they can, and we thank the local community and road users for their patience in advance while we work on these projects. We encourage motorists to plan ahead before setting out by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information.”

Real-time journey planning information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

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