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Work to begin on £90K footpath improvements on A82


By Val Sweeney

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A £90,000 project to improve the footpath next to the A82 through Fort Augustus is due to start next week.
A £90,000 project to improve the footpath next to the A82 through Fort Augustus is due to start next week.

Work will start next week on a £90,000 project to improve the footpath next to the A82 through Fort Augustus.

It will involve resurfacing over 1km of the existing footway as well as undertaken kerb realignment works.

Phase one of the project is set to begin on Monday and is programmed to take place between 7am and 7pm over two weeks, with all works expected to be completed by Friday April 1, subject to weather.

No works are programmed to take place at the weekend.

To keep roadworkers and road users safe, temporary traffic lights will be in operation continuously for the duration of the project.

A temporary footway will also be provided to allow pedestrians to pass through the site safely.

The second phase is scheduled to take place in late spring and more information will be shared by trunk road operator BEAR Scotland once details of the project have been confirmed.

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 the essential improvement works would upgrade the existing footway next to the A82, improving the quality and safety of the facility for pedestrians in Fort Augustus.

"The traffic management required to undertake these works is essential and will help to keep everyone safe, so we encourage all road users and pedestrians follow the direction signage whilst temporary arrangements are in place," he said.

"We thank road users for their patience in advance and would also encourage them 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 trafficscotland.org, or twitter @trafficscotland.


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