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43-mile detour in place during Fort Augustus works

By Philip Murray

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Motorists on the A82 will need to take a detour of up to 43 miles while major overnight roadworks are carried out at Fort Augustus and Aberchalder later this month.

Late night closures of the trunk road will take place over the space of a week from 10pm on October 30 while essential maintenance is carried out on the Fort Augustus and Aberchalder swing bridges.

During the works motorists will need to divert via Invergarry, Bun Loyne and Invermoriston using the A87 and A887.

However, disruption is not expected to be severe because work will only be carried out late at night until 6am each morning. No work will take place during the day.

A spokeswoman for Bear Scotland said: "The work will involve bridge maintenance and minor repairs, as well as applying a specialist paint which will protect the steel work on the bridge.

"To access the steelwork at the ends of the bridge safely, the bridges need to be swung ‘open’, meaning the A82 will need to be closed for safety purposes overnight.

"The closures have been planned to take place overnight and out with the busier summer months to minimise disruption to motorists as much as possible.

"We’ve consulted with emergency services, residents, local businesses, the local authority, transport operators and all other relevant stakeholders to make them aware of our plans and share information about the projects.

"We encourage all road users to plan ahead by checking Traffic Scotland for real-time journey information and leave extra time before they travel."

Work on the swing bridge at Fort Augustus will run from October 30 for three nights. Workers will then move to Aberchalder Swing Bridge for three nights starting on Thursday, November 2.

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