Work begins at Stromeferry bypass
Essential works are set to take place to the rock face to the west of the avalanche shelter on the A890 Stromeferry Bypass from 3 September 2018 and the Council is reminding the public that road closures and traffic management will be in place for up to 12 weeks.
Cards showing details of the timetable that will be operating for the road to rail diversion through the works have been distributed in the surrounding communities and a copy is also available to download from The Highland Council website by searching for Stromeferry Bypass.
From 3 September, the A890 will be closed overnight to all traffic between the two permanent road closure gates at Ardnarff and west of Attadale between 10pm and 7am. The road will have traffic control in operation during the day between 7am and 10pm whilst a road to rail bypass road is installed. The Contractor has been allowed up to two weeks for the installation of the bypass road but may complete this sooner.
Once the road for the rail bypass is installed, a timetable of opening slots between trains will come into operation. It will be available for use between 7am and 10pm by traffic which is less than 7.5 tonnes (box vans which are less than 8 metres and mini buses and cars towing caravans which are less than 10.8 metres). Traffic over these limits will not be able to pass through the works and will have to follow the diversions using the A87, A82, A832 and A890. The road to rail bypass will be closed to all traffic between the hours of 10pm and 7am.
It is planned that the traffic management and works will be complete and the road fully re-opened by 24 November.
A Council spokesman said: “We have worked closely with Network Rail and our contractor TRAC Engineering Ltd to keep disruption to road users to a minimum when the road/rail diversion is in place but inevitably there will be times when road users will face longer waits so we urge people to plan their travel carefully and avoid the periods when the diversion is not going to be available.”