Extra funding has been approved for further Stromeferry works.
Members of The Highland Council’s Environment, Development and Infrastructure (EDI) Committee have approved an additional £2.185 million for further remedial rock stabilisation works. They have also agreed the formation of a Cross Party Options Selection Group to consider the recommendation of the preferred long term solution for a bypass.
A 2018 inspection report identified four very high risk rock slope areas. Two of these very high risk areas require similar stabilisation measures to the works that were completed on a separate section of the rock face in November last year. The other very high risk areas are on separate slopes where specialist fencing measures will be needed.
The agreed extra funding will come from the capital budget with £1.9 million allocated in 2019/20 and £800,000 in 2020/21. The current allocation in 2020/21 is £515,000.
Chair of the Committee, Councillor Allan Henderson said: “The Council continues to seek a long term solution for the A890 at Stromeferry and work to assess alternative routes and come up with a preferred option is underway but as a priority we need to take action to make safe the four very high risk slopes which the annual inspection has identified.”
“The Council’s Infrastructure Design team have given very detailed consideration to these works, the methods of construction and the associated traffic management so I am pleased that now the funds have been secured they will be able to move forward.”
The proposal is to undertake stabilisation to two slopes in Autumn 2019 and at the same time undertake the ground investigation works required to design the upslope catch fencing with this work to be scheduled for 2020/21.
Following the decision taken by committee, officers will undertake public consultation with the local communities and road and rail users regarding the nature and detailed timing of the works so any disruption can be kept to a minimum.