Motorists using the A87 on the Isle of Skye are soon to benefit from an overall investment of £1.25M across four sites throughout September and October.
The four projects will involve resurfacing at three locations on the Isle of Skye, greatly improving the road surface for motorists and enhancing road safety. Essential bridge maintenance works to replace drainage pipes beneath Skye Bridge will also take place in October, ensuring the bridge continues to function safely for years to come.
The four projects have been designed to take place out with the peak tourist season and ahead of the winter months when weather can limit operations.
Traffic management for the improvements will be removed out with working hours, however temporary restricted speed limits will remain in place at some sections as traffic will be running on a temporary surface. The improvements will take place across four locations as follows:
• A87 North of Broadford Cemetery –Wednesday 21 September to Friday 30 September, 7am to 7pm
A 1.3km section of road north of Broadford Cemetery will be resurfaced over eight days. For the safety of the workforce and road users, a convoy system of traffic management will be in operation while the improvements are being carried out. Works will be carried out between 7am and 7pm during weekdays with no work programmed over the weekend.
• A87 Skye Bridge – Monday 3 October to Friday 14 October, 7am to 6pm
Bridge maintenance works to replace the drainage pipes beneath Skye Bridge are scheduled to take place from Monday 3 October for two weeks. The majority of the works will take place beneath the structure and will involve replacing the drainage pipes which run externally underneath the full length of the bridge. This will enhance the operational efficiency of the Skye Bridge drainage system. To allow the team’s safe access to the pipes beneath the bridge, a lorry-mounted underbridge unit will be stationed on the bridge deck. A platform will be lowered from the vehicle to allow work to be carried out underneath the deck. To allow teams to safely access the underbridge unit, a lane closure will be in place on Skye Bridge 7am to 6pm during weekdays with no work programmed over the weekend, and traffic management will be lifted outwith these times.
• A87 Ard Dorch – Overnight works, planned dates: Monday 3 October to Friday 14 October, 7pm to 7am (ten nights).
Ten nights of resurfacing to improve a 1.5km section of road through Ard Dorch are planned from Monday 3 October. Due to the nature of the resurfacing works, an overnight road closure will be in place each night to carry out the resurfacing safely. Measures will be in place to allow local access and other traffic to pass through the closure approximately every hour or when it is safe to do so. The resurfacing works are planned to take place Monday nights to Saturday mornings, avoiding working Saturday and Sunday nights.
• A87 North of Kingsburgh – Overnight works, planned dates: Monday 17 October to Friday 28 October 7pm to 7am (ten nights).
A 1.6km section of the A87 at the Kingsburgh junction is to receive improvements over ten nights, with proposed works scheduled from Monday 17 October. Again due to nature of the resurfacing improvements, overnight road closures will be in place for safety. Local access and other traffic will be again be able to pass through the works by hourly amnesties. These works will also take place Monday nights to Saturday mornings, and avoid working Saturday and Sunday nights.
Commenting on the £1.25M investment for the A87, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West representative said: “The investment from Transport Scotland will allow our teams to ensure the A87 continues to provide a safe and reliable route for motorists across the Isle of Skye.
“The resurfacing works will upgrade the carriageway at the three locations, and the bridge maintenance on Skye Bridge will ensure it functions at a safe operational standard for years to come.
“We’ve taken steps to minimise disruption as much as possible during the programme of works, such as ensuring that no weekend night time working takes place at any of the sites and making sure that local access is maintained during the night time closures at Ard Dorch and north of Kingsburgh. We’ve also timed the works to take place outside of the busy tourist season to limit any impact to the local economy.
“Consultation for the schemes at Ard Dorch and north of Kingsburgh is ongoing and we’ll update stakeholders once final dates and times are confirmed.
“We’d encourage motorists to plan their journeys ahead where possible by checking the Traffic Scotland website for the most up to date journey information.”
Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org or twitter @trafficscotland.