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A9 SCRABSTER HARBOUR

From : 5th June 2017

To : 2nd July 2017

Posted : 29th May 2017

£100,000 Slope repairs set to begin near A9 Scrabster Harbour

Repairs begin Monday 5 June for up to four weeks

 

Works to secure a slope above the A9 in Scrabster following a minor landslip in March are set to get underway in June.

Around 60 tonnes of material reached the carriageway following heavy rain in March, and temporary traffic lights have since been in place on the road for safety until a design to stabilise the slope could be finalised.

The works involve drilling metal pins into the embankment and securing specialist steel mesh, creating a stable area above the A9 to help mitigate against any future landslips.  The area will then be re-seeded so vegetation will grow over the mesh to blend in with the surrounding slope and add further stability at this location.

The installation of the mitigations measures is expected to take up to four weeks to complete.  Once the repairs are finished the temporary traffic lights will be removed and the A9 fully reopened.

Commenting on the repairs, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West representative said: 

“Our engineers have been designing a solution for the slope and liaising with our specialist contractors to begin the repairs so that we can work to open both lanes of the road as soon as we can.

“The teams will do all they can to complete the slope stabilisation work as quickly and safely as possible.  

“We thank motorists and the community for their patience while this is completed, and we’ll continue to liaise with the Harbour Authority, The Highland Council and local councillors to keep them informed.

“We’d encourage road users to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information.”

Real time journey information is available from www.trafficscotland.org or twitter @trafficscotland.

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