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Extension to Strathpeffer road closure

07 February 2018

Scottish Water has advised customers that a road closure in Strathpeffer will need to remain in place into the early part of next week to enable the first phase of essential work to upgrade the main sewer to be completed.
The A834 road through the village was due to reopen on Sunday, February 11, but unforeseen challenges with other underground services and wintry weather conditions have hampered the progress of the team working on site. The work is being carried out by Morrison Construction, working on behalf of Scottish Water’s alliance partner amey-Black & Veatch.
Scott Heath, Senior Project Manager, said:
“I would like to apologise to local residents and road-users for the need to extend the current closure of the A834 beyond this coming weekend.

“Following challenges experienced by our site team in the initial excavation of the road, we have been doing everything possible to enable the road to re-open on the original proposed timescale. We were hopeful that this could be achieved, but we knew it would be challenging. Unfortunately, the current spell of colder weather has introduced further delay with concrete pours and final road surface reinstatement, which require milder weather.

“We know the current road closure is disruptive to the local community and we don’t want it to continue any longer than necessary. Equally, we need to make sure the reinstatement of the road surface is successful so there is minimal risk of further disruption in the future.

“We very much appreciate the patience and understanding that the local community has shown us in the course of this essential work. I would like to assure them that our whole team is focused on getting the road re-opened as early as we possibly can. The mitigation arrangements that have been put in place for school and public transport services will continue in the meantime.”