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£2 million A9 roadworks between Slochd and Tomatin to take ‘summer break’

By Gregor White

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Roadworks on the A9 are to be carried out in two phases between Tomatin and Slochd.
Roadworks on the A9 are to be carried out in two phases between Tomatin and Slochd.

Road improvement works on the dual carriageway between Tomatin and Slochd began on May 13 and were expected to take eight weeks in total.

However, trunk road authority BEAR Scotland has now said these works are due to be completed at 6am tomorrow (Wednesday), with a “second phase” of works due to start on August 12.

The first phase has seen road surfacing improvements implemented between Slochd and Findhorn Bridge.

The second phase will see road marking works carried out on northbound and southbound carriageways.

This will start at 7pm on Monday, August 12, lasting for 15 nights.

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All works on the section are now due to be completed by 6am on Saturday, August 31.

For the safety of both workers and road users, lane closures will be implemented in both directions with a convoy system in place to guide traffic through the works each night when the work is being undertaken.

Due to the nature of the works lane closure will remain in place during the day and over weekends.

All traffic management will be removed between between the completion of the first phase of works and the start of the second phase.

During the works any traffic wishing to use the Raigbeg local access at Slochd will be guided through the traffic management and central crossover by a traffic management operative.

Access through the works site for emergency services will be maintained at all times.

Ian Stewart, BEAR Scotland’s north west representative said: “This significant resurfacing project on the A9 Tomatin dual carriageway will fix existing defects and significantly enhance the driving experience for all motorists with a new road surface and brighter road markings.

“We have accelerated these works due to the impending dualling of the A9 between Tomatin and Moy.

“Our teams are committed to executing these works quickly and with safety as our top priority. We extend our gratitude to the local community and road users for their patience while we complete the improvements.

“To minimise delays, we recommend that motorists plan their journeys in advance by consulting the Traffic Scotland website for real-time travel updates.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.traffic.gov.scot, Twitter @trafficscotland or on the mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

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