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£280k resurfacing work on A96 between Inverness and Nairn

By Andrew Dixon

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A section of the A96 west of Smithton Roundabout is set for £280,000 resurfacing work starting next week.

The improvements had originally been programmed to take place last month but due to operational reasons the project was postponed.

Bear Scotland said improvements will address any defects in the road and create a smoother and safer journey for motorists.

The overnight project is scheduled to start on Monday and will take seven nights to complete. It will take place between 7.30pm and 6.30am each night with works due to be completed by 6.30am on Wednesday, November 20.

To minimise disruption, no works are programmed to take place on Saturday or Sunday night.

To ensure the safety of road workers and motorists a full road closure will be required during working hours.

Motorists travelling eastbound will be diverted via Millburn Road, the B9006, Culloden Road, Tower Road and onto Barn Church Road where they can rejoin the A96. All motorists travelling westbound will be diverted via Barn Church Road, Tower Road, Culloden Road and onto Sir Walter Scott Road where they can rejoin the A9. Local access will be maintained at all times.

Andy Thompson, Bear Scotland’s north east representative, said: “These works have been designed to improve the general condition and safety of this section of the A96 for motorists.

“The overnight road closure is in place to ensure the safety of our road workers and motorists and will also help minimise overall disruption. We’ve planned the works to take place overnight when traffic volumes are reduced and programmed works not to take place over the weekend, helping to minimise disruption to road users.

“We thank motorists for their patience in advance while our teams carry out these essential improvements on the A96. We encourage road users to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information and allow some extra time to reach their destination.”

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