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WATCH: Council roadworks costing almost £260,000 completed in Caithness

By Alan Hendry

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Work taking place on the A836 at Gills. Picture: Highland Council
Work taking place on the A836 at Gills. Picture: Highland Council

Work costing almost £260,000 has resulted in almost 12 miles of local authority roads in Caithness being repaired.

Highland Council confirmed today it had carried out 17 surface-dressing schemes as part of its 2021/22 roads maintenance programme for the county.

It said the surface-dressing element of the programme was now fully complete and had been delivered in-house by Caithness and Sutherland roads squads.

The A836 at Gills Bay – on a section of the North Coast 500 route – was the last of the prioritised projects to receive surface dressing. The council released a video showing some of the work taking place.

Some £27,000 of the Caithness area’s prioritised capital works programme for 2021/22 enabled 0.9 mile of the A836 Warse Farm road to Upper Gills to be surface dressed.

Other prioritised surface-dressing works in Caithness were:

  • U2196 Sordale to Hilliclay Road
  • A836 BT business park, Thurso
  • U2144 Hill of Forss
  • U2110 Lythmore Road at Lythmore Strath
  • A99 Freswick
  • B874 Buckies to Aimster
  • A836 Canisbay Cemetery to Bridge at Lower Warse
  • C1001 Isauld Glengolly road, Shebster to Westfield
  • A99 Lyth junction to south of Keiss,
  • U3664 Whitechapel Road, Wick
  • B876 Bower to Grantown Mains
  • B874 Hoy/Gillock road, Hoy junction to Knockdee
  • B874 Hoy/Gillock road to Corsback junction
  • U2052 Forss/Achreamie road Skaill to Forss junction
  • U2502 Shebster/Achreamie road at Achreamie junction
  • U2066 Buldoo/Achreamie road.

These 17 surface-dressing works, costing £259,047 in total, have repaired approximately 11.9 miles of road.

The Caithness road structural maintenance programme for 2021/22 was approved by members of the Caithness Committee in April.

Other prioritised works in the Caithness road maintenance programme are ongoing.

The local authority is highlighting some of its roads maintenance works on social media with the hashtag #HighlandRoadsRecovery.

Damage to Highland Council adopted roads and pavements can be reported using online forms at www.highland.gov.uk/report

Progress can be followed on social media and on the council’s website.

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