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A9 road improvements continue between the Kessock Bridge and Munlochy junction

By Val Sweeney

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Road works are continuing on the A9 north of the Kessock Bridge.
Road works are continuing on the A9 north of the Kessock Bridge.

Essential roadworks on the A9 north of the Kessock Bridge will continue until Sunday April 14.

BEAR Scotland, Transport Scotland’s operating company, is carrying out essential improvement works on a 1140m stretch of the dual carriageway south of Munlochy.

The project involves carriageway upgrades including drainage improvements, resurfacing and refreshing road markings to improve road safety and driving conditions.

To ensure the safety of road workers and users, lane closures with a 10mph convoy will be in place overnight from Sunday to Thursday between 7pm and 6am. During the daytime, traffic management will be removed, but a 30mph speed limit will be enforced for safety purposes.

The northbound right-turn into Munlochy junction will be closed overnight from 7pm to 6am until the morning of Friday March 29, with a signed diversion in place.

Northbound traffic will be diverted from the closed Munlochy Junction north to Tore Roundabout, then redirected southbound along the A9 back towards Inverness. From there, traffic will be able to exit the A9 via the southbound off slip to the Munlochy Junction.

From Friday March 29 to Saturday April 6, the works will be paused through the Easter holiday period.

From Sunday April 7, the final phase of the works will resume and continue until the morning of Sunday April 14.

During this time, work will take place on Sunday to Thursday nights from 7pm to 6am, with the same traffic management arrangements as previously stated.

The Munlochy northbound right-turn lane will also be closed day and night from April 7 onwards, with the same diversion in place. Access through the works site for emergency services will be maintained at all times.

Ian Stewart, BEAR Scotland’s north west representative said: "This important drainage and surfacing project on the A9 north of Kessock Bridge will fix existing defects and significantly enhance the driving experience for motorists.

"Our teams will carry out these works quickly, with safety as our top priority. We extend our gratitude to the local community and road users for their patience while we complete the improvements."

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.traffic.gov.scot/ or X @trafficscotland.

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