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Kenneth Street in Highland capital to close to traffic southbound for a month for roadworks; fears that closure of this section of the A82 will spark rat-running and major congestion


By Philip Murray

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Impending road closure on Kenneth Street signs.Picture: Gary Anthony..
Impending road closure on Kenneth Street signs.Picture: Gary Anthony..

ROADWORK mayhem looks set to cause a month's misery for drivers in Inverness – after plans to close part of the A82 in the city were revealed.

Signs have been erected at several key sites around the city warning of a month-long road closure for part of Kenneth Street.

The closure, which runs between the Telford Street roundabout and Tomnahurich Street and applies to southbound traffic only, will come into force on September 9 and run right through until October 9 inclusive.

The closure of the key arterial route –which is part of the A82 – to all southbound traffic, is likely to cause a domino effect on traffic levels elsewhere in the city, as motorists try to find alternative routes around the closure.

In the past, Dalneigh residents have voiced concerns over rat-running motorists driving through their neighbourhood to avoid congestion on Kenneth Street.

This issue has eased in recent years – after the opening of the Holm Mills Bridge on the southern distributor road helped to reduce rush hour congestion on Kenneth Street – but any fresh disruption to traffic is likely to spark renewed concerns.

Impending road closure on Kenneth Street signs.Picture: Gary Anthony..
Impending road closure on Kenneth Street signs.Picture: Gary Anthony..

The Scottish Road Works Commissioner website has detailed a number of works which are set to take place on Kenneth Street during the period of the closure.

These include work by CityFibre to excavate and lay around 30 metres of footway duct.

Elsewhere on the street, CityFibre also plans to "connect core sections of network, approximately 585 metres of footway duct, [and] 12 metres of carriageway". The work is listed on the website as being "essential works under Covid-19 guidance".

The website adds that Scottish Water may also use part of the month-long window to renew lead pipework in the vicinity.

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