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A9 roadworks to take place near Helmsdale

By John Davidson

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Works are due to take place from Wednesday.
Works are due to take place from Wednesday.

Motorists are being warned of delays on the A9 south of Helmsdale as works to resurface part of the trunk road take place.

Bear Scotland, which maintains the carriageway, says the works will lead to improved road surfaces.

The programme of improvements, which gets under way on Wednesday, will see over 1km of the A9 resurfaced.

Work is expected to take place over four days, excluding Friday and Saturday. Works are scheduled to take place between 7am and 7pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Monday, with all works anticipated to be complete by 7pm on Monday, subject to weather conditions.

To ensure the safety of road workers as well as motorists, there will be two-way temporary traffic lights and a 10mph convoy system during working hours. Outwith working hours, a speed restriction of 30mph will remain in place on the A9 as traffic will be running over a temporary surface.

Access for emergency services will be maintained at all times.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s north west representative, said: “This surfacing project on the A9 near Helmsdale will help to address defects and greatly improve the route for road users.

“The traffic management programmed is essential in keeping motorists and road workers safe and our teams will do all they can to complete the works as quickly and safely as possible.

“We thank the local community and road users for their patience whilst we carry out these essential improvements. We encourage road users to plan ahead before setting out by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information.”

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