Motorists travelling on the A96 between Inverness and Nairn should be aware of traffic restrictions as work is carried out as part of the A96 Dualling programme starting on 21 March 2016 and lasting for around 20 weeks.
The restrictions are necessary to enable vital ground investigations to be carried out on the existing A96 as the design work for the Inverness to Nairn (including Nairn Bypass) scheme is progressed.
Although most of the work will be carried out offline of the existing road, there will need to be some traffic management involving short lane closures to facilitate work on the carriageway.
A Transport Scotland spokesperson said:
“These ground investigations are needed to get vital information on the existing A96 carriageway between Inverness and Nairn as we progress our plans to dual this section of the route.
“We apologise for any inconvenience the works will cause and would thank road users and local communities for their patience over the next few months. The contractor will closely monitor the operation of the traffic management to ensure that delays are kept to a minimum.”
The traffic management arrangements will include relatively short alternate single file traffic sections controlled by temporary traffic signals.
When planning their journeys road users are encouraged to visit the Traffic Scotland website at www.trafficscotland.org