Final phase of Inverness West Link project on track for April 2021 completion
As Stage 2 of the Inverness West Link project remains on track for completion in early April 2021, a number of core elements making-up this phase of the project have now successfully been completed, including: the A82 pedestrian underpass; earthworks; drainage and services; installation of a timber jetty and concrete works.
Stage 2 is the final phase and will bring a conclusion to the West Link Project, which has seen the completion of the link from the Southern Distributor Road at Dores Road to the A82 including crossing the River Ness on the new Holm Mills Bridge; new sports facilities at Canal Parks including synthetic pitch and clubhouse; and a relocated golf course.
A core element of Stage 2 is the inclusion of a second swing bridge over the Caledonian Canal to the South of the existing Tomnahurich swing bridge. This tandem bridge arrangement will allow the free flow of vehicle traffic on the A82 to continue, while boats pass through one or other of the open swing bridges. There will normally be two routes available for vehicles to cross the canal and vehicles will be diverted over one or other bridge, only while the other is open to allow boat passage.
Furthermore, residual land from the old golf course has been repurposed and will shortly provide additional amenity and recreational areas, through the inclusion of footpaths, landscaping around ponds and open green space.
Chair of the Economy and Infrastructure Committee, Cllr Trish Robertson, said: “I am delighted to see the final elements of Stage 2 of the West Link project coming together, which will make a huge difference to those commuting within Inverness.
“It continues to be encouraging to see project progress being maintained despite the challenges we faced in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and the halting of construction works.”
She added: “I am sure everyone who lives in or visits Inverness will be delighted by the way this new bypass enhances the road user experience for motorists, as well as cyclists and pedestrians, when we see the work completed in April.”
Site photographs can be viewed here. More photographs will follow over the next few days and will be shared on Highland Council's Facebook and Twitters pages.