A82 Glenurquhart Road/Smith Avenue Junction, Inverness Works Start Tonight 22 June

The next phase of an essential project to install a new pedestrian crossing near the A82 Glenurquhart Road/Smith Avenue Junction in Inverness is set to resume.

The new signalised Puffin crossing will help improve road safety for pedestrians in the area, creating a safer and accessible crossing point on the road.

The project originally began earlier this year but was paused for safety reasons due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Teams will return from Monday 22 June for five nights to begin the next phase of the project which involves installing new road markings and high friction surfacing at the crossing location.

The essential work will take place overnight between 7pm and 7am each night, with surfacing expected to be completed by 7am Saturday 27 June.

The project has been planned to take place at off peak hours to help minimise disruption as much as possible for motorists and pedestrians.

To keep roadworkers and road users safe during the project, temporary traffic lights will be in place throughout the duration of the improvements. 

A 10mph convoy system will also be required during the high friction surfacing installation over two nights.

Temporary pedestrian access will be arranged for the duration of the works to allow safe access through the site.

Strict physical distancing protocols are in place to ensure all site personnel remain safe once the project gets underway.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative, said:

“We’re pleased to continue with the next phase of this essential project on the A82 at Glenurquhart Road which will help create a safer and more accessible crossing point. 

“Road safety is of highest importance at BEAR Scotland and Transport Scotland, and this scheme on the A82 Glenurquhart Road in Inverness is part of our commitment to improving pedestrian facilities on the trunk road network.

“At this difficult time the safety of our employees, our supply chain and local community remains a top priority during this essential project, and all personnel will be subject to strict physical distancing protocols in line with Government guidance to ensure they are kept safe.

“The traffic management arrangements are essential for the protection of our workforce as well as motorists and pedestrians, however we’ve arranged these works to take place overnight and our teams will do all they can to complete the project as quickly and as safely as possible.”