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Resurfacing works to spark series of night-time road closures on A87 between Invergarry and Glen Shiel, Bear Scotland announces

By Philip Murray

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Roadworks are planned on the A87.
Roadworks are planned on the A87.

A MAJOR road linking the Great Glen to Skye is set to undergo a series of night-time roadworks next week.

Three separate stretched of the A87, totalling 3km, will be resurfaced at sites between Invergarry and Glen Shiel over a period of 10 nights from Monday.

The resurfacing will run from 8pm to 6am each night until Monday, April 26, except for the two Friday and Saturday nights when no work is planned.

The first section of works will take place between Invergarry Cemetery and Faicham from Monday to Wednesday next week, and a stretch south of the Kinlochourn junction turn-off from Thursday to Monday, April 19 (excluding Friday and Saturday nights). Both of these works will result in the closure of the A87 between Invergarry and the junction with the A887, with motorists instead diverted via Invermoriston on the A82 – an added distance of 26 miles.

The third closure will take place to the south of Tunnel (near Loch Cluanie) from Tuesday, April 20 to Sunday, April 25 (again excluding the Friday and Saturday). On this occasion, no suitable diversion will be in place, so amnesties are planned for vehicles to pass through at 9pm, 10pm, 11pm, 12am, 2am, 4am, and 6am. Vehicles will be escorted through the works at those times under a 10mph convoy system.

The road will be open to traffic outwith the night-time works, although a 30mph speed limit will be in place due to the temporary nature of the surface. Emergency services will have access at all times.

Eddie Ross, Bear Scotland’s north west representative said: “This surfacing project across three locations of the A87 will help to address defects and will greatly improve the road surface for motorists.

“The overnight closures are essential, ensuring the safety of road workers and motorists, due to the narrow widths of the road at these locations. We’ve taken steps to limit the overall impact of the project by carrying out the work overnight and avoiding working at the weekends.

“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 complete the improvements. We encourage motorists to plan ahead before setting out by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information.”

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

Related news: Major £1.5 million bridge replacement work to cause seven months of disruption on the A887 near Glenmoriston

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