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Roadworks to force overnight closures on A889 from Sunday


By Alasdair Fraser

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Overnight roadworks will begin on Sunday on the A889 west of Catlodge.
Overnight roadworks will begin on Sunday on the A889 west of Catlodge.

Motorists using the A889 west of Catlodge should expect overnight road closures for essential works from Sunday evening.

The route will be closed for up to five nights from 7pm until 7 am to allow BEAR Scotland to complete £205,000 worth of resurfacing and verge improvements.

The project will see almost 1.5km of carriageway resurfaced to create a smoother and safer journey for road users.

The road closures are aimed at ensuring both road workers and drivers remain safe on the narrow carriageway.

To help minimise disruption, a diversion will be in place via the A9 and A86 between Dalwhinnie and Laggan, but the road will be open during the day across a temporary surface.

Emergency services will be able to pass through at all times and local access for residents living within the closure points will be maintained when it is safe to pass through the work area.

Strict physical distancing protocols, in line with Scottish Government guidance, are in place to protect teams and ensure they remain safe on site.

Consultation has been carried out with emergency services and relevant stakeholders to make them aware of the plans and share advance information on the project.

BEAR Scotland’s north-west representative Eddie Ross said: “The £205,000 surfacing improvements will help address defects on this section of the A889 and greatly improve the surface for motorists.

“Due to narrow road widths, it is essential we close the road to ensure the safety of road workers and motorists, but we’ve arranged for the project to take place overnight to minimise any impact.

“We’ve changed our ways of working to ensure all staff and the local community are kept safe at all times, and all personnel will be subject to strict physical distancing protocols in line with Scottish guidance.

“Thorough risk assessments have been developed and cleansing stations will be implemented on site to ensure all staff remain safe.

“We thank motorists and the local community in advance for their patience while we carry out the project and we’ll do all we can to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible.”



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