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North West Unit Roadworks schedule, 20 March - 26 March23 Jan 2017

North West Unit Roadworks schedule, 20 - 26 March

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North West Unit Roadworks schedule, 20 March - 26 March23 Jan 2017

Each week dozens of essential roadworks are carried out in the North West trunk road network by BEAR Scotland, our sub-contractors and third parties. 

Each week we’ll make available the planned roadworks schedule for trunk roads in the North West for the week ahead, Monday to Sunday.  

All roadworks are subject to change based on various circumstances, such as weather related events.  

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland at www.trafficscotland.org or twitter @trafficscotland.

To download the latest copy of the North West roadworks schedule for the week ahead, click below.   For the latest version of the North East roadworks schedule, visit here.  

20 - 26 March 2017

downloadBEAR Scotland North West Roadworks Schedule, 20.03.17.pdf

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North East Roadworks Schedule, 20 March - 26 March 201723 Jan 2017

North East Roadworks Schedule

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North East Roadworks Schedule, 20 March - 26 March 201723 Jan 2017

Each week dozens of essential roadworks are carried out in the North East trunk road network by BEAR Scotland, our sub-contractors and third parties. 

Each week we’ll make available the planned roadworks schedule for trunk roads in the North East for the week ahead, Monday to Sunday.  

All roadworks are subject to change based on various circumstances, such as weather related events.  

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland at www.trafficscotland.org or twitter @trafficscotland.

To download the latest copy of the North East roadworks schedule for the week ahead, click below.  For information about the North West, visit here.     

20 - 26 March

 

downloadBEAR Scotland North East Roadworks scheduled 20.03.17.pdf

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Plans for Cromarty Bridge refurbishment improvements announced16 Dec 2016

Plans for Cromarty Bridge refurbishment improvements announced

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Plans for Cromarty Bridge refurbishment improvements announced16 Dec 2016

Plans for Cromarty Bridge refurbishment improvements announced

Construction due to begin in April

 

BEAR Scotland, working on behalf of Transport Scotland, has announced plans to refurbish a section of the A9 Cromarty Bridge starting in April 2017.

Designs have been prepared to refurbish four spans on Cromarty Bridge that are in need of upgrading and repair.  The designs follow on from works that were completed in 2011 and covered the first four spans of the bridge, with this next phase involving upgrades to spans five to eight of the bridge deck in 2017.

Works will involve concrete repairs to the bridge deck and supports, instalment of new bridge-joints and installation of protection measures to prevent any future deterioration.  The bridge deck will then be resurfaced and waterproofed to ensure a smooth and safe journey for bridge users.  

These repairs to the bridge deck and supports follow on from a package of improvements completed earlier this year following an investment of £4M from Transport Scotland.  These works included replacement of the bridge parapets on both sides of the structure, the installation of scour-protection measures around six of the piers of the bridge, as well as advanced electrical works completed to help facilitate the deck span replacement.  

The upgrades to the bridge deck and supports will begin in April 2017 and are expected to take place over six months.  The works will be carried out using a short single lane alternate working under traffic signal control to protect bridge users and road workers throughout construction. 

The programme of bridge refurbishment has been planned to take place outwith the winter months in order to minimise the impact of adverse weather conditions, which could prolong the time taken to complete the scheme.  

BEAR Scotland has met with key stakeholders including The Highland Council, emergency services and Cromarty Firth Port Authority to inform them of the planned upgrades to Cromarty Bridge.

Speaking of the bridge refurbishment, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative, said: “The next phase of works will allow us to upgrade the next four spans on Cromarty Bridge to withstand the harsh natural environment, making sure it will remain in safe working condition for years to come.  

“The recent meetings with representatives from the Highland Council, emergency services and other stakeholders allowed us to explain the necessity of the repairs.  The next stage will be to have a public information meeting in the New Year where we can share the plans for the Cromarty Bridge refurbishment with the local communities.  

“We have taken on board some of the lessons learned from the works carried out during the improvements in 2011 and will incorporate these into our strategy for completing this next phase in 2017.  We’ve already completed advanced works earlier this year which will help facilitate the bridge refurbishment programme to further limit the overall impact of the project.

 “We will continue to work with stakeholders in advance of the works taking place to keep them fully informed. Emergency service priority access, the cruise liner timetables and the bus schedules have all been taken into consideration into the planning of our works, and we will look to adjust the timings of the traffic signals to ease the flow of traffic during peak times.  

“In addition, we’ve carried out traffic impact assessments and delays of up to ten minutes are expected during peak times, however our teams will look to do all they can to limit any impact of these works next year and complete the works as quickly and safely as possible.”

Construction is scheduled to begin on site in April with an estimated duration of six months.  Variable Message Signs on the trunk road network will provide up-to-date information during the works to advise of any delays, and real-time journey information will be made available through Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org or twitter @trafficscotland.  

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New bridge opens to traffic on A83009 Dec 2016

New bridge opens to traffic on A830

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New bridge opens to traffic on A83009 Dec 2016

Ranochan Bridge opens to traffic on the Road to the Isles

 

The newly built Ranochan Bridge has opened to traffic along the scenic A830 following six months of construction.  

The bridge is the fourth structure to be rebuilt on the route in the past two years following a commitment from Transport Scotland to improve road safety.  

The new bridge, approximately six miles west of Glenfinnan, was carefully constructed over six months, with stone used from the old bridge incorporated into the new design to ensure the bridge was in keeping with its scenic surroundings.  

A temporary bridge was constructed as a diversion for motorists while the old bridge was demolished and replaced. This continued Transport Scotland’s policy to ensure disruption to motorists was minimised as much as possible.

The newly built structure and approaches provides a wider carriageway and verges, improved alignment and vehicle containment and its low maintenance design will help ensure the structure continues to function safely for years to come and helps future-proof this vital arterial link.  

Ranochan Bridge follows on from works completed at Dearg Bridge in December 2014, and Utha and Garbh Bridges at the end of 2015.  Also, works are currently ongoing at a fifth new structure at Arieniskill, three miles to the west of Ranochan Bridge, with construction expected to be completed in the New Year.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said:

“This is the fourth structure to be replaced in this ambitious £10 million project to improve the A830, which is one of Scotland’s most scenic routes.

“Everything possible is being done to minimise disruption for the communities along the way and the use of temporary bridges is a demonstration of the innovative thinking of our Civil Engineers as they take forward the refurbishment of nine of these structures.

“The programme is continuing at pace and the next stage will see the opening of the new Arieniskill Bridge which we are expecting in the early New Year.”

Commenting on the opening of Ranochan Bridge, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We are pleased to open the newly built Ranochan Bridge, which marks the fourth A830 structure to be completed in our bridge replacement programme.

“As with the previous bridges, we’ve made sure to limit any impact to motorists as much as possible by erecting temporary bridges next to the construction of the new bridges to ensure access on the A830 was maintained at all times.

“We also recycled some of the stone from the old bridge into the new design to make sure it fits in with the beautiful area.

“We hope the local community will be pleased with the new bridge at Ranochan, and look forward to completing works at Arieniskill Bridge in the New Year.”

Minor works will continue for a few weeks beyond the initial opening with a lane closure in place to allow removal of the temporary bridge and associated road diversion next to the new structure.  

Design is underway for the next two bridges in the programme following the completion of Ranochan and Arieniskill, with construction due to begin at Criche Bridge in 2017 and Shlatach Rail Bridge in 2018.  

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BEAR Scotland North West Unit – List of Significant Works Planned December 2016 to March 201717 Nov 2016

BEAR Scotland North West Unit – List of Works Significant Works Planned December 2016 to March 2017

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BEAR Scotland North West Unit – List of Significant Works Planned December 2016 to March 201717 Nov 2016

BEAR Scotland North West Unit – List of Works Significant Works Planned December 2016 to March 2017

Availabe to download below is a list of some of the major work planned by BEAR Scotland in the North West over the next three months.

Please note the following:

This is not an exhaustive list and other works may be added to the programme.

All dates are indicative and are subject to change.

For road closures, consultation is carried out with relevant parties. Following this consultation the dates of works and type of traffic management used may be changed.

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland www.trafficscotland.org or twitter @trafficscotland.  

 

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BEAR Scotland ready to tackle winter08 Nov 2016

BEAR Scotland ready to tackle winter

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BEAR Scotland ready to tackle winter08 Nov 2016

BEAR SCOTLAND READY TO TACKLE WINTER

56,600 tonnes of salt ready to treat routes across North East & North West

 

BEAR Scotland’s winter maintenance services are fully underway on the trunk roads it maintains in Scotland; with 56,600 tonnes of salt in stock ready to tackle the wintry conditions.  

Met Office yellow ‘be aware’ warnings are in place for snow and sleet across parts of Scotland including the Highlands, Grampian and Central areas, particularly on higher ground, from Tuesday 3pm until Wednesday at 10am and BEAR Scotland teams are on stand-by to tackle the wintry weather. 

A new, online 'gritter tracker' is now available on the Traffic Scotland website giving the public live data on the location of BEAR’s winter vehicles.

BEAR’s winter maintenance team will also work around the clock to analyse detailed weather forecasts and information from 86 roadside weather stations to ensure treatments are carried out as necessary. 

The forecasts and data are used to decide when routes require salt treatment on the trunk roads BEAR maintains in the North East and North West of Scotland.

There are 94 vehicles involved in carrying out precautionary winter treatments, patrols and snow clearance on the 2,448km of trunk roads maintained by BEAR in the north of Scotland. 

Brian Gordon, BEAR Scotland’s Managing Director, said: “We have over 180 dedicated, trained and experienced employees ready to deal with winter across the trunk roads that we maintain in Scotland. Our winter control room monitors road conditions on a 24/7 basis meaning we can act quickly to changing winter weather conditions.

“Tuesday night into Wednesday morning is likely to see the first forecasted snow and sleet across some higher-up routes in Scotland.

“As ever, we ask members of the public to ensure their vehicle is well maintained, that they pay close attention to local and national media and information to help plan journeys during inclement weather and that they carry equipment to help themselves should conditions deteriorate.”

 

TIPS FOR DRIVING IN WINTER:

Allow more time for your journey 

Listen to local and national radio for travel and weather information 

Slow down and leave increased distance between you and the vehicle in front. 

Be prepared when travelling. Keep the following in your vehicle:-

o Ice scraper 

o De-icer 

o Torch 

o Warm clothes including gloves and hats 

o Blanket 

o Shovel 

o Food & drink 

o High visibility jacket 

o First aid kit 

Check: 

o Your tyres are at the correct pressures and have good tread. 

o Your vehicle lights are clean and working. 

o Your wiper blades are effective. 

o Your battery is in good condition and fully charged. 

o Your vehicle anti-freeze is the right concentration (Your garage can do this for you). 

o Your windows and mirrors are clear of ice or condensation. 

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