Skye crossing set for £600k upgrade from Monday

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A new £600,000 maintenance project to upgrade essential components on the iconic Skye crossing is set to begin next week.

The project is scheduled to begin on Monday and will last for up to eight weeks.  To keep road workers as well as motorists safe, temporary traffic lights will be in place at various periods throughout the project.

For safety, the footway within the traffic management area will be closed while traffic lights are in operation, with pedestrians diverted to use the other side of the bridge.

The 1,600m long Crossing is made up of two bridges, both of which require new expansion joints.

Expansion joints are essential components on large bridges as some bridge sections can move by up to 24cm during changes in temperature between the summer and winter months.

The existing joints on the Skye Bridge crossing require maintenance to ensure the continued safe use of the crossing and the smooth passage of vehicles over the joints, helping to ensure the bridges continue to operate safely for years to come.

Commenting on the project, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative, said: ‘These essential maintenance works will help ensure that both bridges in the iconic Skye Crossing are functioning properly and to a safe standard, meaning that they can continue to function as a key route to Skye.’