Published: 14/05/2018 19:00 - Updated: 11/05/2018 11:50

Road-widening project aims to relieve gridlock

Written byIain Ramage

 

An aerial view of the A9 at Inshes, where the new link will start.
The project will widen Culloden Road's approach to the Inshes Roundabout.
THE council is pledging to keep traffic delays to a minimum on the east side of Inverness when work on a £500,000 project gets under way.

 

The scheme to widen the B9006 Culloden Road approach to the often gridlocked Inshes Roundabout with an additional westbound lane for city centre traffic starts on May 21 and is expected to last 22 weeks.

When complete, it will provide two continuous lanes of traffic between the Inverness Campus junction and the roundabout.

Signs will be erected to guide pedestrians and cyclists through the works.

A Highland Council spokeswoman said: “Use would be made of the evening period when traffic flows are much lower, it is likely that traffic lights will be in operation in the off-peak periods.”

Garry Smith, the council’s principal engineer, said: “We’re aware of the sensitivity of this arterial route into the city and the provision of an additional lane will ease the flow of traffic into Inverness from the east.

“The pinch-point on the A9, over the bridge where traffic currently merges into one city-bound lane leads to driver frustration.

“The scheme seeks to remove this pinch-point from the network.”

Signs will be erected giving drivers advance notice of the restrictions.

The contract for the project was awarded to Wills Bros.

Plans for a new East Link road connecting the A9 and A96 will go on display at Raigmore Community Centre on Wednesday and at Smithton-Culloden Free Church on Thursday.

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