AN Inverness engineering firm which has clinched a major contract to revamp a key city route has promised minimum disruption during the work this month.
UBCivils has secured a lucrative deal to deliver the main infrastructure works in Barn Church Road on the east side of the city.
The project will secure existing jobs and create others, although the company has not revealed numbers.
Two new signalised junctions will be established in Barn Church Road to create access points for hundreds of homes in the new community of Stratton.
Barn Church Road will also be upgraded from single carriageway to dual lanes in each direction.
The upgrade proposals include footways along both sides of Barn Church Road and the provision of a combined pavement and cycleway along the southern side.
Associated utility diversions and landscaping will be required to allow for the new layouts.
Diversion of existing utilities and installation of new utilities for the proposed developments will be carried out along with the construction of new drainage systems.
UBCivils director Colin Peteranna said: “As a local contractor, we’re delighted to be carrying out this key project that will open up a major new development for Inverness and recognise the significant investment being undertaken by [Stratton developers] Hazledene and other stakeholders.
“Through careful planning, we aim to minimise the amount of on-line works and any effects on traffic flow.
“We’d ask for the local community’s co-operation and patience while these major roadworks are undertaken on this very busy route.
“This project will enable us to secure existing jobs as well as provide opportunities to grow our team. We look forward to working with the local utility teams to make this as seamless as possible and achieve the earliest possible completion date."