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Strathpeffer road reopens to traffic

16 February 2018

The A834 road through Strathpeffer has reopened to traffic, Scottish Water has confirmed.
The road closure had been in place to allow the first phase of work to renew the main sewer in the village to be completed. 
Unforeseen challenges with other underground services and wintry weather conditions hampered the progress of the team working on site, requiring the closure to be extended from its intended 3 week duration.
The current 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:
“We would like to apologise to residents and road users for the need to extend the closure of the A834 and thank them for their patience while this initial work has been under way.
“Our priority this week has been to reopen the road as soon as possible, so we agreed with Highland Council that we would temporarily reinstate the road surface until an improvement in the weather conditions allows us to complete permanent reinstatement to the required standard.” 
Further phases of planned work will now continue until the end of April. Initially, there will be some further excavation which can take place safely using traffic lights due to the position of the sewer beneath the road. The final phase of the work will use a specialised re-lining technique within the existing sewer to avoid the need for more disruptive work in the village centre.
Pedestrian and vehicle access will be maintained as far as possible during the rest of the work and local businesses will be open as usual.