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A major £445,000 surfacing improvement project is planned for six locations between Broadford and Portree.

Work will get underway tomorrow (Wednesday 25 September.)

The project will address six locations on the A87 at Torra Michaig, Varragill, north and south of Strollamus, Broadford and Portree.

BEAR Scotland say: "The improvements will see almost 2.4km of the A87 trunk road resurfaced, creating a smoother and safer journey for road users."

Due to restricted road widths at locations of resurfacing, four of the projects require overnight road closures on the A87 to ensure the safety of road workers and motorists. The closures will take place between 7pm and 7am each night of the project, with set amnesty periods in place each night to allow waiting motorists to safely pass through the work site.

The A87 will be open during the remaining two projects with a 10mph convoy system in place for safety.

The programme is outlined as follows:

· Torra Michaig Bridge – Wednesday 25 September (one night) 7pm – 7am .

Overnight road closure in place.

Traffic will be able to pass through the project at 9pm, 11pm, 1am and 4am.

· Varragill - Thursday 26 September to Wednesday 2 October (five nights, excluding Saturday and Sunday), 7pm -7am.

Overnight road closure in place.

Traffic will be able to pass through the project at 9pm, 11pm, 1am and 4am.

· South of Strollamus – Thursday 3 October to Monday 7 October (three nights, excluding Saturday and Sunday), 7pm – 7am.

Overnight road closure in place.

Traffic able to pass through the project at 9pm, 11pm, 1am and 4am.

· North of Strollamus - Tuesday 8 October to Thursday 10 October (three nights), 7pm – 7am.

Overnight road closure in place.

Traffic able to pass through the project at 9pm, 11pm, 1am and 4am.

· Broadford - Monday 14October to Wednesday 16 October (three nights), 7pm – 7am. A87 will remain open

A 10mph convoy system will be in place to protect the workforce and road users during the overnight project.

· Portree - Thursday 17October to Friday 18 October (two nights), 7pm – 7am.

A87 will remain open

A 10mph convoy system will be in place to protect the workforce and road users during the overnight project.

All traffic management will be removed outwith working hours, however a temporary speed limit of 30mph will remain in place due to traffic travelling on a temporary surface.

Access for local residents and businesses will be maintained during the project and will be able to pass through the site when safe to do so. Emergency services will be able to pass through the works at all times.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West representative, said: “This £445,000 essential surfacing project will improve the condition of the road surface and road safety across these six sections of the A87 between Broadford and Portree, benefitting road users for years to come.

“The overnight road closures are essential to keep everyone safe during the project due to the narrow road widths, however we’ve arranged for traffic to be able to pass through the project during set amnesty periods to try and minimise disruption wherever possible. We’ve taken steps to limit the overall impact of the project by carrying out the work overnight and avoiding working on Saturday and Sunday nights.

“Our teams will do all they can to complete the project as quickly and safely as they can, and we thank the local community and road users for their patience in advance. We encourage motorists to plan ahead before setting out by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information.”

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