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A9 KESSOCK BRIDGE

From : 25th September 2018

To : 31st January 2019

Posted : 18th September 2018

New protective painting trial set to take place beneath A9 Kessock Bridge

Project will allow engineers to trial painting techniques to protect components of bridge 

No impact to A9 traffic 

Project to take up to four months to complete starting Tuesday 25 September

 

A trial to determine the most effective method to carry out essential protective painting works to the A9 Kessock Bridge is set to take place next week.

The results of the trial will allow specialist teams to determine the best strategy for carrying out future protective painting measures across Kessock Bridge, ensuring the bridge remains protected for years to come.

The work will involve erecting specialist covered scaffolding beneath the bridge deck which will allow teams to safely access the bridge components.  The covered scaffolding also enables teams to safely remove the old coating on the bridge, clean the components and re-paint the structure while ensuring the bridge remains protected from the elements.  

The trial is set to begin below the southern end of the A9 Kessock Bridge above Stadium Road in Inverness from 25 September and is expected to take up to four months to complete.

The A9 will be unaffected by the project, however the east footpath on Kessock Bridge will be closed throughout the duration of the works with a diversion in place via the west footpath on the opposite side of the bridge.   Temporary traffic lights will be in place during some off-peak times on the local Stadium Road beneath Kessock Bridge to allow safe access to the site however these will be removed wherever possible to keep disruption to a minimum.  

BEAR Scotland’s Representative for the North West Unit, Eddie Ross, said: “This painting trial beneath the A9 Kessock Bridge will allow our teams to understand access, cleaning and application challenges of the process.

“The results will provide a valuable insight into the best options for painting the whole bridge over the coming years.

“We’ve arranged the works to have no impact to traffic on the A9 over Kessock Bridge, and we’ve made sure that a suitable diversion for footway users is in place across the west-side of the bridge during the project.  The traffic management on Stadium Road beneath the bridge will only be used during off-peak, intermittent periods to ensure safe access to the site when required.  

“Our teams will do all they can to complete the project as quickly and safely as possible and while the impact to motorists is expected to be minimal, we encourage road users to plan their journeys in advance.”   

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org,  twitter @trafficscotland or the new mobile website, my.trafficscotland.org.  

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