A £450,000 upgrade for Dornie New Bridge on the A87 begins at the start of December meaning possible slight delays for travellers due to traffic light operations.

The aluminium parapets along both sides of the bridge are to be improved for safety reasons with upgrades also being made to the safety barriers on approach to the bridge.

The improvements will be carried out between 8am and 6pm each day for six weeks starting Friday 2 December. To avoid disruption over the festive period, works will be suspended from 24 December until 8 January after which works will resume as before.

The bridge will remain open to motorists throughout the works with temporary traffic lights in place for the safety of the teams and road users. The parapet works will be done sequentially and, during the works, the footpath adjacent to the parapet being replaced will be closed, however pedestrians will still have access across the bridge using the footpath on the opposite side.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “The £450,000 investment for upgrading the existing parapets on the Dornie Bridge will help prolong the life of the structure and ensure it continues to function safely for years to come.

“We’ve taken steps to minimise disruption to motorists as much as possible by carrying out the works over the winter when traffic flows are generally quieter on the bridge, as well as ensuring we avoid working during the festive period.

“We encourage motorists to allow some extra time for their journeys and plan ahead by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date journey information.

Real-time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org or twitter @trafficscotland