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From : 16th September 2017

To : 5th October 2017

Posted : 11th September 2017

£725K road improvements project announced for two locations on A86

Road strengthening and resurfacing at Biallidbeg and Balgowan

Overnight road closures required for safety

Works start Sunday 17 September for three weeks


A project worth over £725,000 is set to get underway this month that will involve widening and resurfacing on two sections of the A86 trunk road between Newtonmore and Laggan. 

Improvements will take place on a 1km section of the route at Biallidbeg before moving to a 1.5km section at Balgowan.     

The project will see the road widened by up to 1.7m at Biallidbeg, allowing for a centre line to be provided on the carriageway.  Two new priority systems will also be provided at two narrow culvert crossings along with new signage, helping to improve road safety for motorists.  Visibility will also be improved on the route as sections of the embankment will be cut back as well as new verge marker posts installed.  

After the works are completed at Biallidbeg the project will start at Balgowan, with resurfacing carried out over 1.5km of the road.  The verges will also be strengthened at this section, removing some of the ruts and other defects which have been identified.

The project will create a much safer and smoother journey for motorists, and follows on from improvements carried out on the route near Laggan Wolftrax and Tullochroam earlier this month.

The schemes are scheduled to get underway from Sunday 17 September until Thursday 5 October, taking place each night between 7pm and 5am.  No works will take place on Friday or Saturday nights to keep any disruption to a minimum.

Overnight road closures will be needed to keep everyone safe during the surfacing improvements due to the narrow widths of the road. A diversion route will be in place each night via the A889 and A9 during working hours. Local access will be maintained as often as possible when it is safe to do so. Emergency Services will be able to pass through the works at all times. 

The road closure will be lifted during the daytime outside of working hours, however a temporary speed limit of 30mph will remain in place until the projects are completed as traffic will be travelling over a temporary surface.    

Advance consultation was undertaken with local residents, businesses, the local authority, and emergency services to make them aware of the project, the traffic management arrangements that will be in place and invite feedback on the proposals.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West representative, said: “This major project for the A86 will see two locations of the road widened, strengthened and resurfaced helping to ensure the A86 continues to be a safe, durable and reliable route.  

“The £725,000 investment from Transport Scotland will allow our teams to continue to upgrade the A86, following on from earlier resurfacing and widening improvements made at two other sites in August.  

“We only ever close roads when it is absolutely necessary to ensure everyone’s safety,  however we’ve taken steps to limit the overall impact of this project by scheduling the works to take place overnight and avoiding working the busier Friday and Saturday nights.  Local access through the sites will also be maintained when it is safe to do so.  

“Our teams will look to complete the works as quickly and safely as possible, however we would encourage motorists to plan their journeys ahead by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date information.”

Real-time journey planning information can be obtained by visiting or twitter @trafficscotland.

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