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Work on the second phase of £130,000 six-week pedestrian crossing project on the A82 in Inverness to begin next week


By Ian Duncan

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Inverness will get a new pedestrian crossing with work set to start on Monday.

The project, which will see a new puffin crossing installed on the A82, is due to last for six weeks – subject to weather conditions.

It is the second phase of the £130,000 scheme and is between Montague Row and Ardross Street.

The first phase of the project saw a new signalised pedestrian crossing installed just along the road by the ScotMid Co-op store, at Smith Avenue, in August.

It aims to create a safer and accessible crossing point on the road and, as part of the works, teams will also reconstruct sections of the footway around the new puffin crossing, while also installing high friction surfaces, new road markings and improved drainage on the approaches to the location.

During the work temporary traffic lights will be in place for the duration and footway closures and temporary pedestrian access routes will be arranged to allow safe access past the site.

There will be strict physical distancing protocols, in line with Scottish Government Covid-19 guidance, will be in place to protect site staff and the public throughout the project.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s north west representative, said: “We are delighted to see the second phase of this pedestrian crossing project on the A82 through Inverness get underway.

"Road safety is a top priority for BEAR Scotland and Transport Scotland, and this scheme on the A82 at Montague Row in Inverness is part of our commitment to improving pedestrian facilities on the trunk road network.

“The first of two new controlled crossing facilities in Inverness was installed at Smith Avenue and has been operational since August. This crossing has provided the local community with a safe crossing point on the A82. Implementation of a second safe crossing point at Montague Row will support more journeys by walking and wheeling on the route.

“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 off peak during the daytime and our teams will do all they can to complete the project as quickly and as safely as possible.

“We encourage all road users to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date journey information.”



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