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2 months of night-time roadwork disruption to hit A96 motorists as £430k safety scheme announced

By Philip Murray

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Roadworks sign stock photo. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Roadworks sign stock photo. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Motorists using the A96 near Auldearn will face two months of night-time travel disruption when road safety measures are installed.

The works, which run from February 26 to April 26, will result in safety improvements on a three-and-a-half mile stretch of the busy trunk road.

These will include improved vehicle safety barriers past the village of Auldearn.

The work, which will straddle the Highland/Moray border, will also deliver upgrades to traffic signage on the A96 and the removal of trees which pose a hazard to road users.

To minimise disruption to the travelling public the work will take place overnight between 7pm to 6am.

To ensure the safety of roadworkers and motorists the essential maintenance will take place under single lane closures and two-way temporary traffic lights on the A96, as well as three-way temporary traffic lights at junctions.

There will also be a requirement to close unclassified roads within the work area on occasion, with a signed diversion in place to advise road users. Penick Road will be closed at its eastern junction with the A96 overnight for several nights. Advanced notice boards and a local signed diversion route will be provided.

The time frame is dependent on the weather, so could take longer if conditions deteriorate.

A free Road Work Alerts service is available from work contractor Amey's website. An email address is all that is required to sign up for the service.

To report a problem on the network, visit: https://netrunkroads.scot/report-a-problem/.

Real-time journey information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org or via Twitter @TrafficScotland.

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