Phase 2 - Kessock Bridge Improvements Update

The works represent an investment of £13.2m from Transport Scotland. Week eight of the twenty week programme continues to see contra-flow on the northbound carriageway as well as a reduced speed limit of 30mph.

What has been done during Week 7?

• The removal of the bridge waterproofing and preparation of the steel bridge deck is ongoing.
• Preparation for the installation of new joints at the south end of the bridge is ongoing.
• Installation of new joints at the north end of the bridge is ongoing.
• The construction of scaffolding at the east side of the bridge for the cable stressing is ongoing.
• Testing of the steel deck to identify defects or cracks on the surface is ongoing.
• Installation of steel base plates for new safety barrier is ongoing.
• Application of the primer for the waterproofing system is ongoing.
• Application of the waterproofing system has started.

Works planned for the week ahead:

• Works will continue to remove the existing waterproofing on the bridge deck.
• Works continue on the construction of access scaffolding for the cable stressing on the east side of the bridge.
• Works will continue in preparation for installation of the new movement joints.
• Works will continue on the installation of the new barrier.
• Works will continue on the modification of the existing bridge parapets, to make them cycleway compliant.
• Works will continue on the application of the primer for the waterproofing system in the footway.
• Works will continue on the application of the new waterproofing system.

Traffic Management and Diversions:

• The southbound carriageway and footpath/cycleway are closed.
• A contra-flow system is in operation on the northbound carriageway.
• Pedestrian and cyclist diversions are in place on the northbound footpath/cycleway.

Calum Galloway, BEAR Scotland’s Bridges Manager for the North West Unit, said: “Today marks the seventh week of works on the Kessock Bridge and we are pleased to say that activity is progressing well and works are on schedule. The application of the waterproofing system has started and we are continuing to install the new barrier, amongst other things. 

“Road users are continuing to show their cooperation by being patient whilst works are underway and we appreciate efforts to use alternative methods of transport like car sharing, taking the bus or cycling.“

Motorists driving in and around Inverness can access up to the minute journey time information at Further journey planning information is also available on Twitter and via the Travelline Scotland/Transport Scotland travel app.


31 Mar 2014
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