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Road safety work at A9 near Skiach junction set to begin next week; BEAR Scotland says Easter Ross road improvements for Transport Scotland will observe social distancing and may cause delays

By Hector MacKenzie

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ROAD safety work near a notorious Easter Ross A9 junction will get under way next week with a knock-on impact on traffic.

What is termed an "essential road safety project" on the A9 approaches to Skiach junction on the B9176 will involve teams installing new safety barriers.

Existing barriers will also be upgraded to modern standards in order to better protect motorists.

To ensure the safety of road workers and motorists, temporary traffic lights and a 30mph speed limit will be in place throughout the duration of the project.

Further safety improvements will take place in the coming months which will see teams instal new road signs at the Skiach junction.

Strict physical distancing protocols will be in place to ensure all site personnel remain safe once the project gets under way.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s north-west representative, said: “Road safety is a top priority at BEAR Scotland and Transport Scotland, and this scheme on the A9 at Skiach is part of our commitment to improving road safety on the trunk road network, ensuring it remains safe and reliable.

“We’ve arranged for these works to take place whilst emerging from the Covid-19 lockdown, when traffic flows are lower, however our teams will do all they can to complete the project as quickly and as safely as possible.”

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

Traffic management will remain in place for the duration of the works.

BEAR Scotland manages and maintains the trunk roads in the area on behalf of Transport Scotland, the national transport agency which delivers the Scottish Government's vision.

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org or twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

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