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From : 5th February 2018

To : 12th February 2018

Posted : 24th January 2018



Please be advised that the £100,000 road maintenance improvements on the A889 at Cathar Mor, outlined in the release below, have been extended by two days due to cold temperatures and inclement weather affecting operations at the start of this week.

The works will now take place on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 February next week.  No works will take place on Saturday 10 or Sunday 11 February to avoid disrupting weekend traffic.

Cold temperatures can have a serious impact on the quality of the materials used when applying the new road surface, affecting the durability of the road.  

Traffic management will remain the same as before, with a road closure in place for safety between 7am and 7pm each day.  Traffic will be diverted via the A86 and A9. Emergency vehicles will be able to pass through the works at all times.

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on or twitter @trafficscotland.





A889 Cathar Mor

Essential road maintenance works on the A889 at Cathar Mor will be carried out in early February to improve the carriageway. The £100,000 project will involve resurfacing 600m of the trunk road which has begun to deteriorate following the recent winter weather which has seen the freeze and thaw cycle causing parts of the road surface to break up. The works will help create a safer and smoother carriageway for road users.


For the safety of both road workers and motorists, the A889 will be closed to all traffic between Dalwhinnie and Cat Lodge between 7am and 7pm throughout the project. The works will take place during the daytime when air temperatures are higher. The high elevation through this section of the route generally means that air temperatures at night are too low to lay road surfacing materials successfully. Materials laid in too low temperatures can lead to the road surface failing and deteriorating earlier than would normally be expected, which is why it is important to avoid resurfacing in these conditions.


The project will begin on Monday 5 February between 7am and 7pm for five days.  During the closure an alternative diversion route will be signposted via the A86 and A9. Emergency vehicles will be able to pass through the works at all times.

Consultation has been carried out with all relevant stakeholders to make them aware of the project and minimise any disruption.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative, said; “These works are essential to improve the road surface at the A889. The recent inclement weather has had a huge impact on the road surface causing it to break up, and this project will allow our teams to repair the surface of the carriageway.


We do everything possible to minimise disruption when work is taking place but, on this occasion, we have to replace the full road width and a full closure is required to do that. 

“We ask drivers to pay attention to the traffic measures and temporary signage in place during the work and to plan ahead as much as possible before starting their journey. We also recommended drivers check the Traffic Scotland website and twitter account for the latest travel information.”

Real time traffic information is available from Traffic Scotland at or twitter @trafficscotland.


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