New Puffin Crossing Installation - A82 Drumnadrochit
Issued by BEAR Scotland NW
Works begin Monday 13 February
A pedestrian crossing in Drumnadrochit is to be upgraded to a new signalised puffin crossing to improve accessibility for all pedestrians on this section of the A82.
The £62,000 scheme will see the existing zebra crossing at Fiddler’s restaurant in Drumnadrochit village upgraded with new pedestrian signals. Other associated works such as the construction of dropped kerbs to make it easier to cross at the Village Green junction, resurfacing, reconstruction of footways, new road markings and signing will be carried out as part of this project to increase road safety.
The works have been planned to minimise disruption to the travelling public and residents of Drumnadrochit. The improvements are programmed to begin on Monday 13 February and will last for up to five weeks. The scheme will take place between 7am and 5pm each day, with no work planned for the weekend. To ensure the safety of the workforce and members of the travelling public, temporary traffic lights will be in place during the works.
One evening of surfacing works will take place on Thursday 23 February from 7pm to midnight under a convoy traffic management system and residents have been notified in advance to make them aware of the traffic management arrangements.
Access to properties will be maintained at all times throughout the works.
During the upgrade pedestrians are asked to use the alternative zebra crossing to the north of Fiddler’s restaurant.
Consultation has been carried out with Transport Scotland, the local authority and local businesses to inform them of the works.
Commenting on the improvements, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative, said: “We’re pleased to begin the works to upgrade the existing crossing in Drumnadrochit which will improve road safety for pedestrians in the village.
“The puffing crossing will provide increased visibility and warning for motorists to slow down on approach to the crossing, helping vulnerable road users to cross safely.
“Whilst we’ve taken steps to minimise disruption as much as possible during the installation works, we’d encourage motorists to plan their journey and check ahead using the Traffic Scotland website.”
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