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Inverness new canal bridge and roads will complete West Link


By Neil MacPhail


Opening of Phase One of West Link in 2017.
Opening of Phase One of West Link in 2017.

Work will start next month on a £10.1 million contract to build the final stage of the West Link at Tomnahurich involving an additional swing bridge over the Caledonian Canal, control tower and roundabout.

Highland Council has awarded the contract to RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd from Dingwall.

The second swing bridge will be south of the existing swing bridge, and General Booth Road will link into a new roundabout on the A82. A new link road will connect this roundabout to the new swing bridge and on to Queens Park Roundabout already completed.

The tandem bridge arrangement should allow the free flow of A82 traffic while boats pass through one or other of the open swing bridges.

The bridges will be opened and closed from the new control building between the two bridges. Compass, who have completed the new golf clubhouse, will this month start work on the control building.

All works should be complete in December 2020.

Council leader Margaret Davidson said: “This stage will bring many more benefits including reducing journey times. The second swing bridge will be an enormous bonus to keep traffic flowing on the A82.

“Another feature will be the new public parkland, using the beautiful setting of the former golf course."



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