Emergency culvert replacement works are taking place along the A86 and will affect early evening and late night travellers especially.
The works are required to repair two culverts which have partially collapsed. Temporary traffic management has been installed at both locations to make the area safe and protect road users until the repairs can be completed.
The repairs are expected to take five nights to complete. Works will be split into two phases, with the first phase repairing the culvert at Lochan Uvie, close to the village of Laggan, and the second phase taking place at Gorstean, one mile south of Laggan.
Due to the nature of the culvert repairs, a full road closure is required between 7pm and 7am, starting on Monday 16 January, to protect roadworkers as well as motorists during the works.
A signed diversion route will be in place each night for five nights, with the repairs scheduled to be completed by 7am on Saturday 21 January. The road closure will be lifted outside of working hours to limit the impact on road users.
The phases are scheduled as follows:
• Phase One - A86 Loch Uvie, near village of Laggan
Monday 16 January – Tuesday 17 January, 7pm-7am (two nights)
During the works at Loch Uvie the A86 will be closed between A9/A86 Kingussie Junction and A86/A889 Drumgask Junction.
Those travelling northbound along the A86 should turn right onto the A889 at the Drumgask Junction, turn left onto the A9 and thereafter follow permanent signing as normal. Those intending on travelling southbound along the A86 should continue southbound on the A9 at the Drumgask Junction, turn right onto the A889 and thereafter follow permanent signing as normal.
• Phase Two - A86 Gorstean, one mile south of Laggan
Wednesday 18 January to Friday 20 January, 7pm – 7am (three nights)
The A86 will be closed between A86/A889 Drumgask Junction and A86/A82 Spean Bridge Junction when works are carried out at Gorstean.
Those intending on travelling northbound along the A86 should continue on the A82 through Fort Augustus, Invergarry, Invermoriston and Drumnadrochit to Inverness, turn right onto the A9 at Longman Roundabout, Inverness and travel southbound to Kingussie. They should then turn right onto the A86 at Kingussie and continue to Drumgask, thereafter following permanent signing as normal. Those travelling southbound along the A86 from the A889 at the Junction of the A86/A889 should turn right onto the A86 at Laggan Bridge and continue through Kingussie. They should then turn left onto the A9 and continue to Inverness, turning left onto the A82 at Longman Roundabout, Inverness and following the road through Drumnadrochit, Invermoriston, Invergarry and Fort Augustus to Spean Bridge. Thereafter permanent signing should be followed as normal.
Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s Representative for the North West, said: “The area around the two culverts has been made safe already, however these repairs are essential to ensure the A86 continues to function safely.
“We’ve planned the full repairs to take place overnight to reduce the disruption to motorists as much as possible and our teams will look to complete the repairs as quickly and safely as they can.
“We thank motorists for their patience in advance and would also encourage them 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 or twitter @trafficscotland.