£80,000 maintenance project for A87 Skye crossing

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Essential bridge maintenance on the A87 Skye Crossing is set to continue next week.

The £80,000 project will involve teams waterproofing sections of the crossing as well as resurfacing on the Skye Bridge and approach viaduct.

The project follows on from a £600,000 project to replace some of the expansion joints on the structure which was completed in July.

Painting works on other recently refurbished expansion joints will also take place to help ensure they continue to function safely.

The project is scheduled to start on Tuesday (September 3) and will last up to three weeks.

To keep road workers as well as motorists safe, temporary traffic lights will be in place 24 hours a day with short periods of a 10mph convoy system in place for protection while surfacing is being carried out.

All traffic management will be removed at the weekend to keep disruption to a minimum.

For safety, the foot way 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.

Commenting on the project, Eddie Ross, of BEAR Scotland said: ‘This essential maintenance project will help ensure that the A87 Skye Crossing continues to function properly and to a safe standard and follows on from our work to replace the expansion joints earlier this year.

‘The traffic management arrangements will help ensure the safety of our teams as well as motorists during the project.  We’ve taken steps to help minimise disruption as much as possible by removing all traffic management over the weekend, and we’ll continue to do all we can to limit any impact to road users.

‘We thank motorists for their patience in advance while we complete these works and we encourage road users to plan their journey in advance by checking Traffic Scotland for up to date journey information.’