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From : 25th September 2019

To : 18th October 2019

Posted : 24th September 2019

Tuesday 8 October

 

**UPDATE:  Remaining Surfacing Projects in Ongoing £445,000 A87 Isle of Skye Programme Postponed Due to Adverse Weather**

Project expected to be reprogrammed from Monday 28 October

 

Please be advised that all remaining projects in the ongoing £445,000 resurfacing project on Skye (outlined in the release below) have been postponed due to continued forecast adverse weather conditions this week.

The remaining programme of improvements, which include three sections of the A87 north of Strollamus, Broadford and Portree, is postponed to provisionally take place from Monday 28 October instead.   After reviewing the programme additional road repairs on the A87 at Hinnisdale will also be completed over one night at the end of the project.  

All traffic management will be removed and there will be no restrictions on the road until the rescheduled projects begin later this month.

Teams had been making good progress in the £445,000 project to address six locations of the A87, with resurfacing work completed at Torra Michaig, Varagill and south of Strollamus ahead of schedule.  Poor weather delayed the start of the next surfacing project north of Strollamus, and decisions were taken today (Tuesday) to postpone the remaining programme until later this month after the busy October holidays.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative, said:  “Due to the poor weather forecast for the rest of this week, we’ve had to postpone the three remaining surfacing projects in our programme until the end of this month after the October holidays.

“We need specific weather conditions when carrying out road resurfacing to ensure it is installed correctly, and unfortunately this week’s weather forecast has forced us to reschedule.  

“After liaising with our contractor and reviewing our programme we’re also proposing to carry out one additional night’s work at Hinnisdale to carry out further road repairs. 

“We’ve planned the initial new dates to take place after the October holidays to minimise any impact to motorists, and we’ll ensure all key stakeholders are kept informed of the changes to plan.”

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

 

 

 

New £445,000 Surfacing Improvement Project Planned for six locations on A87 Isle of Skye

 

Project to get underway from Wednesday 25 September

 

·         Overnight road closures in place for safety at four locations, 7pm-7am

 

 

Surfacing improvements worth over £445,000 are set to get underway on the A87 across six locations between Broadford and Portree on the Isle of Skye.

The project will address six locations on the A87 at Torra Michaig, Varagill, north and south of Strollamus, Broadford and Portree. The improvements will see almost 2.4km of the A87 trunk road resurfaced, creating a smoother and safer journey for road users.

Due to restricted road widths at locations of resurfacing, four of the projects require overnight road closures on the A87 to ensure the safety of road workers and motorists.  The closures will take place between 7pm and 7am each night of the project, with set amnesty periods in place each night to allow waiting motorists to safely pass through the work site.

The A87 will be open during the remaining two projects with a10mph convoy system in place for safety.

The programme is outlined as follows:

 

·         Torra Michaig Bridge – Wednesday 25 September (one night) 7pm – 7am .  

Overnight road closure in place for safety. 

Traffic will be able to pass through the project at 9pm, 11pm, 1am and 4am.

·         Varagill - Thursday 26 September to Wednesday 2 October (five nights, excluding Saturday and Sunday), 7pm -7am.  

Overnight road closure in place for safety.

Traffic will be able to pass through the project at 9pm, 11pm, 1am and 4am.

·         South of Strollamus – Thursday 3 October to Monday 7 October (three nights, excluding Saturday and Sunday), 7pm – 7am.   

Overnight road closure in place for safety

Traffic able to pass through the project at 9pm, 11pm, 1am and 4am.

·         North of Strollamus - Tuesday 8 October to Thursday 10 October (three nights), 7pm – 7am.   

Overnight road closure in place for safety

Traffic able to pass through the project at 9pm, 11pm, 1am and 4am.

·         Broadford - Monday 14 October to Wednesday 16 October (three nights), 7pm – 7am. A87 will remain open  

A 10mph convoy system will be in place to protect the workforce and road users during the overnight project. 

·         Portree - Thursday 17 October to Friday 18 October (two nights), 7pm – 7am.  

A87 will remain open

A 10mph convoy system will be in place to protect the workforce and road users during the overnight project. 

 

All traffic management will be removed outwith working hours, however a temporary speed limit of 30mph will remain in place due to traffic travelling on a temporary surface.

Access for local residents and businesses will be maintained during the project and will be able to pass through the site when safe to do so. Emergency services will be able to pass through the works at all times.

Consultation has been carried out with local residents, businesses, the local authority, and emergency services to make them aware of the project and the traffic management arrangements that will be in place.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West representative, said: “This £445,000 essential surfacing project will improve the condition of the road surface and road safety across these six sections of the A87 between Broadford and Portree, benefitting road users for years to come.

“The overnight road closures are essential to keep everyone safe during the project due to the narrow road widths, however we’ve arranged for traffic to be able to pass through the project during set amnesty periods to try and minimise disruption wherever possible.  We’ve taken steps to limit the overall impact of the project by carrying out the work overnight and avoiding working on Saturday and Sunday nights.

“Our teams will do all they can to complete the project as quickly and safely as they can, and we thank the local community and road users for their patience in advance. We encourage motorists to plan ahead before setting out by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information.”

Real-time journey planning information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

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