The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Pedestrian crossing project given green light to resume


Works to install two pedestrian crossings on a busy Inverness road will resume this week.

Ground works for a puffin crossing between Glenurquha­rt Road and Smith Avenue, near the Scotmid store, will get under way today as contractor­s return to the site.

The crossing is one of two planned for the A82 Inverness to Glasgow road, with a second proposed between Montague Row and Ardross Street, near the council headquarte­rs.

Works on the £130,000 project by Transport Scotland and Bear Scotland first began in January, with hopes of phase one being completed by March, but due to Covid-19, the project came to a standstill.

From tonight, the team will begin putting down new road markings and high friction surfacing at the crossings location.

Eddie Ross, Bear Scotland’s north-west representa­tive, said: “We’re pleased to continue with the next phase of this essential project on the A82 at Glenurquha­rt Road which will help to create a safer and more accessible crossing point. Road safety is of highest importance at Bear Scotland and Transport Scotland, and this scheme on the A82 Glenurquha­rt Road in Inverness is part of our commitment to improving pedestrian facilities on the trunk road network.”

Work will be carried out between 7pm-7am.

Temporary traffics lights will be in place and there will be a 10mph convoy some nights.

The work comes after repeated campaignin­g for improved road safety measures across the busy stretch.

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