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Overnight road closures on A82 south of Drumnadrochit near Urquhart Castle to allow £335,000 overnight surfacing improvements to the route from Sunday for two weeks subject to weather conditions


By Ian Duncan

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Urquhart Castle near to where the A82 will be resurfaced.
Urquhart Castle near to where the A82 will be resurfaced.

Motorists are being advised that the A82 will be closed in both directions overnight for two weeks from Sunday – subject to weather conditions.

They are due to last for two weeks to allow the road near to Urquhart Castle to be resurfaced.

BEAR Scotland has said the closures will be in place for safety between 9pm and 6am, excluding Friday and Saturday – however there will be a number of amnesties, at 10pm, 11pm, midnight, 2am and 4am to allow traffic to safely pass through the work site, because there is no suitable diversion route for that section of the road.

The £335,000 project will see more than 1km of improvements completed on the A82 with two sections of carriageway being resurfaced to improve ride comfort and safety for road users.

The A82 will be open during the daytime with a 30mph speed limit in operation to ensure vehicles can safely pass through the works, on a temporary road surface, and access for emergency services will be maintained at all times.

Strict physical distancing protocols, in accordance with Scottish Government Covid-19 guidance, will be implemented to protect those who are carrying out the work.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s north west representative, said: “This £335,000 resurfacing project will greatly improve the quality and safety of these sections of the A82.

“The overnight closures are essential to the safety of roadworkers and road users given the narrow width of the road. We’ve taken steps to limit the overall impact of the project by carrying out the works overnight and by avoiding Friday and Saturday nights.

“Our teams will do all they can to complete the works as quickly and safely as they can, and we thank the local community and road users for their patience in advance while we work on this project. We encourage motorists to plan ahead before setting out by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information.”

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