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Work on new pedestrian crossing in Inverness to restart

By Andrew Dixon

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Installation of a new pedestrian crossing in Inverness will resume on Monday.

Work on the puffin crossing at the Glenurquhart Road/Smith Avenue junction is expected to last for five nights and will help improve road safety.

The project was halted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The next phase of the project involves new road markings and high friction surfacing and will take place between 7pm and 7am each night, with surfacing expected to be completed by 7am on June 27.

A Bear Scotland spokesman said: "The project has been planned to take place at off-peak hours to help minimise disruption as much as possible for motorists and pedestrians.

"To keep roadworkers and road users safe during the project, temporary traffic lights will be in place throughout the duration of the improvements. A 10mph convoy system will also be required during the high-friction surfacing installation over two nights. Temporary pedestrian access will be arranged for the duration of the works to allow safe access through the site.

"Strict physical distancing protocols are in place to ensure all site personnel remain safe once the project gets under way."

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s north west representative, said: “We’re pleased to continue with the next phase of this essential project on the A82 at Glenurquhart Road which will help create a safer and more accessible crossing point. Road safety is of highest importance at BEAR Scotland and Transport Scotland, and this scheme on the A82 Glenurquhart Road in Inverness is part of our commitment to improving pedestrian facilities on the trunk road network.

“At this difficult time the safety of our employees, our supply chain and local community remains a top priority during this essential project, and all personnel will be subject to strict physical distancing protocols in line with government guidance to ensure they are kept safe.

“The traffic management arrangements are essential for the protection of our workforce as well as motorists and pedestrians, however we’ve arranged these works to take place overnight and our teams will do all they can to complete the project as quickly and as safely as possible.”

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