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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS DURING KESSOCK BRIDGE RESURFACING WORKS

Please find below details of traffic arrangements and contacts etc issued by Transport Scotland who are responsible for the scheduled resurfacing & barrier replacement works on Kessock Bridge starting Feb 9th

A9 Kessock Bridge Resurfacing and Barrier Replacement 

Transport Scotland will soon be carrying out essential works on the Kessock Bridge. 

http://trafficscotland.org/media/Kessock Bridge Refurb.pdf

Major resurfacing work will take place between February and June 2013 and between February and June 2014. 

There will be a 30mph speed limit on the bridge and a contraflow system operational 24 hours a day, with one running lane of traffic in each direction across the bridge. Traffic management measures will be in place from the 9th February with main works starting on 11th February. 

A number of advanced works to help ease congestion are already underway, including the signalisation of Longman Roundabout, a dedicated left hand slip lane from Stadium Rd to the A9 south, signalisation of Henderson Rd and Rose St Roundabout and the re-opening of Conon Bridge Railway Station. These works will be completed and active before the main bridge works commence on the 11th February. 

Considerable delays are expected and motorists are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel into the city centre, especially during peak times. Taking public transport is likely to get you into Inverness faster. 

Traffic management arrangements will be continually under review by Police and Contractor in order to maximise traffic flows on the A9 and Bridge, together with ensuring swift passage for Emergency Services.  Public safety is paramount during these essential works and will be closely monitored. 

What can you do?

  • Start thinking about alternative and easier ways to travel while these works are going on – public transport will allow you to get in and out of Inverness faster.
  • Could you car-share?  A local car-share scheme has been set up and if enough people take advantage of this, there will be less cars on the road and less congestion.
  • Congestion will be worst during rush hour – could you start work earlier or later to avoid peak time traffic?  Would your employer allow working from home?
  • If travelling by car during peak times check the Traffic Scotland live traffic camera’s for the area. 

Key contact details

For details of the enhanced bus timetable operating between the Black Isle and Inverness during the works, see www.stagecoachbus.com/highlands, call Stagecoach on 01463 233371  or email: Highland.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com

For rail timetable details see www.scotrail.co.uk

For information about the local car-sharing scheme set up by Transition Black Isle – see www.highland.liftshare.com

For local traffic information see www.highland.gov.uk

Changes for Drivers

Work starts on the major refurbishment of the A9 Kessock Bridge on Monday 11th February 2013 for 16 weeks.  The installation of the traffic management will start at 10pm on Saturday 9th February to be in place for the commencement of the works.   The northbound carriageway on the bridge will be closed and a contraflow will be in place on the southbound carriageway. 

In advance of the start of the works there are important changes being made to road layouts in the vicinity of the bridge. 

A82 Longman Road

Between the 4th and 11th February on the lead up to the works, a series of improvements will become operational between Rose Street and the Longman roundabout.   

The improvements include new traffic signals on the westbound approach to the Rose Street roundabout, designed to improve the flow of traffic out of the nearby car parks principally during evening peak times.  

New traffic signals are also being installed at the junction of Henderson Road and the A82 Longman Road designed to allow right turning traffic from Henderson Road which will help to reduce congestion at Longman Roundabout. 

New traffic signals have been installed on the three main approaches to the Longman roundabout to allow a more balanced flow on the roundabout and increase vehicle throughput.  The installation of these signals means that the current dedicated lanes, A9 northbound to A82 westbound and A82 eastbound to A9 northbound will no longer be in effect and return to their original design. 

Stadium Road, Inverness

From Stadium road to the A9 southbound a new dedicated slip road has been constructed.   This slip road will facilitate direct access to the A9 southbound from the city, bypassing the A82 and Longman roundabout.   The introduction of this slip road allows the provision of a bus lane between Stadium road and Longman roundabout.   This bus lane will help to achieve reliable journey times for users of public transport leaving Inverness during the evening peak.   To allow this to happen all other traffic must exit Stadium road onto the A9 southbound, utilising the new dedicated slip road. Drivers should note that only buses will be allowed to turn right at Longman roundabout.  

Please note that with the introduction of this bus lane buses currently using the A82 eastbound, approaching Longman roundabout will be re-routed via Stadium Road.   For further bus information please contact the bus operator Stagecoach. 

Temporary Traffic Management Arrangements

11th February to June 2013.

A9 Southbound Bus Lane

From the 11th February for the 16 weeks works period, drivers heading southbound on the A9 from Tore roundabout to Kessock Bridge will directed into Lane One (slow lane) allowing  Lane 2 to be a dedicated bus and HGV lane. Emergency services vehicles, works vehicles associated with the Kessock Bridge, buses and HGVs will be the only vehicles permitted to using this lane.    Compliance with this arrangement will be legally enforced. 

For safety reasons while the dedicated bus lane is operational for the 16 week period, right turns will be legally prohibited to and from the following junctions with the A9. 

  1. Arpafeelie
  2. Allangrange
  3. Craigory 

Right turns to the northbound carriageway of the A9 will also be prohibited out of the Munlochy junction. 

A9 Kessock Bridge Footpath/Cycleway  

While the northbound carriageway will be closed for Phase One (16 weeks) of the works the footpath/cycleway, for public safety reasons, will be closed.  To the north of the bridge cyclists/pedestrians will be guided under the bridge adjacent to North Kessock Lifeboat Station to gain access to and from the footway/cycleway adjacent to the southbound carriageway.   

To the south of the bridge cyclists will be guided under the bridge via Stadium to gain access the footway/cycleway.  

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