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£405,000 road resurfacing project to get under way in Thurso this Sunday


By Alan Hendry

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Roadworks will get under way this weekend on a £405,000 resurfacing project covering a stretch of the A9 in Thurso.

The works will take place over more than a kilometre, from south of the town's cemetery to the bridge at Bridgend filling station, and are expected to continue for 10 nights.

Starting on Sunday, the project will be carried out between 8pm and 7am each night and it is due to be completed by 7am on Friday, October 23.

No work is programmed for Friday or Saturday nights.

Road maintenance and management firm BEAR Scotland says that to keep workers and road users safe a 10 mph convoy system will be in place while operations are in progress. Traffic management will be removed outwith working hours, but a 30 mph speed limit will be in place as traffic will be travelling over a temporary surface.

During the project there will be various access restrictions to side streets and accesses that join the A9. Signs will be in place in advance of the works and during them to advise motorists of any potential disruption.

Access through the works site for emergency services will be maintained at all times.

BEAR Scotland will carry out the work over 10 nights.
BEAR Scotland will carry out the work over 10 nights.

BEAR Scotland says consultation has been undertaken with residents, businesses, the local authority and emergency services to make them aware of the works and the traffic management arrangements.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s north-west representative, said: “This £405,000 surfacing project will upgrade the existing road surface on the A9 through Thurso, greatly improving the quality and safety for road users.

“We’ve taken steps to help minimise disruption for road users as much as possible during the project, including carrying out the improvements overnight. We’ve also planned for noisier operations to take place before 11pm each night.

"The traffic management in place is essential for ensuring the safety of road workers and road users. However, our teams will do all they can to complete the project as quickly and safely as possible.

“We thank motorists for their patience in advance and would encourage them to plan their journeys before setting out by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up-to-date travel information.”

Real-time journey planning information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org , or go to Twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org .



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