Go Ahead Given For Work on A890 Stromeferry Bypass

During today’s (Thursday 27 September) TEC Services Committee, Councillors gave the go ahead for urgent remedial works to the rock faces of the Stromeferry Bypass as an estimated cost of £250,000.

A recent inspection of the rock faces, which lie on the south side of the A890 road has highlighted the need for remedial work to be carried out immediately to make the area safe for road users.  The skilled work required includes scaling of the rock faces, removal of unstable material and the installation of netting to prevent rocks falling.

Chairman of the TEC Services Committee, Councillor John Laing welcomed the decision.  He said:  “This route which I often travel along myself is a vital link between the west and east coast of the Highlands and the safety of all road users is our over-riding consideration. Over the last 10 years we have been closely monitoring the deteriorating condition of the rock faces and it was pointed out to members today that this work is remedial only and it is highly likely that further works will be required to keep the rock face in a safe condition.”

Experienced contractors will now be invited to provide tenders for the work and it is expected that the work can be completed before the onset of winter.

27 Sep 2007