A Transport Scotland Press Release reads:
Locals are being invited to have their say on the preferred option for the A96 Inverness to Nairn (including Nairn Bypass) dualling scheme.
The plans for the preferred option go on display at a series of public exhibitions being held in Nairn (3 October), Auldearn (6 October) and Inverness (7 October). The exhibitions will give locals, businesses, road users and individuals affected by the scheme a chance to comment on the proposals.
Transport Minister Keith Brown said:
“The Scottish Government has given a clear commitment to dual the A96 by 2030, delivering around 86 miles of upgraded road between Inverness and Aberdeen.
“Dualling the route is a significant undertaking which requires careful, in-depth planning and design to ensure that we deliver the right scheme to help tackle congestion and provide better journey time reliability and road safety for all users.
"As a signal of that commitment, we are now providing locals and road users the opportunity to view the preferred option for the 30 km Inverness to Nairn including Nairn Bypass scheme.
“I would urge anyone with an interest to attend one of the exhibitions in October and comment on our plans.
“We expect to appoint a design consultant early next year to develop the preferred option and expect to publish draft orders for the scheme in 2016."