Update on traffic management in Caol as flood protection works continue

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As work on the new £11m flood protection scheme at Caol and Lochyside continues, The Highland Council says it and contractor, RJ McLeod, are working hard to ensure that any disruption for the local community is kept to a minimum.

The new 1.2km flood embankment will run along the shores of Loch Linnhe from the Caledonian Canal embankment to the Caol Spit and an 800m flood wall will be constructed up the side of the River Lochy adjacent to the road and finishing at Soldier’s Bridge.

Enhanced environmental benefits to the wider community will be included as part of the works with improved access to the towpath at the Caledonian Canal and improved walking and cycling routes along the length of the scheme with planting, seating, paths and a play area.

The installation of road drainage and a new water main continues to progress well along Kilmallie Road.

The intention is to complete the current section under the traffic management past Riverside Park and temporarily reinstate the road carriageway to allow the traffic management to be removed for the forthcoming holiday period.

The site will be closed for the festive season holiday from Christmas Eve until Monday January 10.

On the return to work on  January 10 the traffic management will be reinstated for the next phase which will be across the Old School Court junction, again requiring three-way temporary traffic lights.

During these works the bus stop opposite Old School Court junction will be temporarily relocated.

A temporary bus stop will be installed under a short stretch of traffic management on the week commencing Monday, December 20.

As for work along Erracht Terrace and Glenmallie Road, road drainage is required to be installed around the corner of Erracht Terrace / Glenmallie Road.

Work is scheduled to start on this section on Monday January 10 and is expected to last six weeks.

During this time a temporary road closure with diversion via Glendessary Street will be in place.

However, access will be maintained at all times for pedestrians, emergency vehicles and vehicles to/from Caol Spit treatment works.