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A87 SKYE CROSSING

From : 13th May 2019

To : 8th July 2019

Posted : 6th May 2019

£600,000 Maintenance Project for Iconic A87 Skye Crossing

Project to begin on Monday 13 May for up to eight weeks

 

 A new £600,000 maintenance project to upgrade essential components on the iconic Skye crossing is set to begin next week.

The 1,600m long Skye Crossing is made up of two bridges, both of which require new expansion joints.  Expansion joints are essential components on large bridges such as the Skye Bridge Crossing, as some bridge sections can move by up to 24cm during changes in temperature between the summer and winter months.  The existing joints on the Skye Bridge crossing require maintenance to ensure the continued safe use of the crossing and the smooth passage of vehicles over the joints, helping to ensure the bridges continue to operate safely for years to come.

The project is scheduled to begin on Monday 13 May and will last for up to eight weeks.  To keep road workers as well as motorists safe, temporary traffic lights will be in place at various periods throughout the project.  

For safety, the footway within the traffic management area will be closed while traffic lights are in operation, with pedestrians diverted to use the other side of the bridge.

Commenting on the project, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “These essential maintenance works will help ensure that both bridges in the iconic Skye Crossing are functioning properly and to a safe standard, meaning that they can continue to function as a key route to Skye.

“The traffic management arrangements will help ensure the protection of our teams as well as motorists during the project, and our teams will do all they can to ensure any disruption to road users is minimised. Pedestrians should follow the footway restriction signs that are in place for their safety.

“We encourage road users to plan their journey in advance and our team will do all they can to complete the project as quickly and as safely as possible.”

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

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