/ Home / Your Environment / Roads and Transport / New Road Schemes / The Inverness West Link Road
The Inverness West Link
The Third Public Consultation for the Inverness West Link starts on Wednesday 17 April 2013. The content of the public displays for this Consultation are shown in the "In This Section" panel under "3 - Inverness West Link - Third Public Consultation"
West Link Road – Ground Investigation
The first phase of the ground investigation, for the development of the design for Option 6, being undertaken by the Contractor Holequest Ltd has been completed. With an archaeologist in attendance, to check the first 1.5m of excavation, a significant number of trial pits and boreholes have been completed throughout the length of the proposed scheme.
Holequest will return in June and July to undertake the remaining boreholes at the River Ness and on land on either side of the river, and additional boreholes related to the Caledonian Canal. The timing of the investigation at the river was selected to minimise any disturbance to fish in the river.
In August 2012 the Council appointed Capita Symonds to assist the Council’s Project Design Unit in providing detailed design civil engineering and supporting services for the new road.
The detailed design work will include the preparation of the drawings and details and the specifications for each construction element of the project in readiness for the Council to prepare tender documents. The detailed design work will produce an earthworks and construction footprint and include the necessary information to allow the Highland Council to obtain all statutory consents for the work. This will include traffic orders, land acquisition and CPO plans as well as an environmental statement and the detailed plans for a planning application.
Holequest Ltd has been appointed to carry out the ground investigation works. These works are to be carried out in two phases. Phase 1 comprises trial pitting and boreholes and should be completed in early January 2013 with Phase 2 to be undertaken in July 2013 and will see boreholes undertaken at the pier locations at the proposed new bridge over the River Ness.
Key elements of the project are the footway/cycleway linkages, and these are currently being developed and will be shown at the Public Display of the project proposals to be held in the Spring.