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Safety message to motorists using A9 Cromarty Bridge30 Jan 2018

Motorists to adhere to the 30mph speed limit and traffic signals

Joint safety message from BEAR Scotland and Police Scotland

 

The £1.5M bridge improvement project on the A9 at Cromarty Bridge has returned to site following the Christmas break.

The project began in August 2017 to carry out concrete repairs to the bridge deck and supports as well as the installation of protection measures to prevent future deterioration.  The bridge deck will also be waterproofed and resurfaced to ensure a smooth and safe journey for bridge users.  

For the safety of the workforce and travelling public, traffic management has been installed on the bridge since construction began and it is continually monitored and reviewed. There have been regular instances of road users “jumping” red lights and speeding through the worksite. Both of these unsafe acts endanger teams working on the bridge and other road users. BEAR are committed to site safety and creating safe places of work for its staff and sub-contractors as a priority. This cannot be achieved without assistance from motorists crossing the bridge.

The traffic management is in place to protect workers from being struck by vehicles or debris on the carriageway. Motorists are reminded to not exceed 30mph within the worksite and to obey the traffic signals.

Police Scotland Road Policing Inspector, Neil Lumsden, said: “These traffic management measures are in place to ensure the safety of workers, the travelling public and improve journey time reliability. A small minority of motorists have chosen to ignore temporary speed restrictions and red traffic lights and I would like to remind the public that we will continue to work closely with BEAR Scotland to ensure the site is safe for all road users. Regular marked and unmarked patrols and checks will be carried out to deter this type of behaviour and motorists caught breaking the law will be robustly dealt with.”

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “BEAR and Police Scotland are committed to safety and we rely on cooperation of motorists to ensure our site teams are safe. I stress the importance of keeping to speed limits and obeying traffic signals as this allows teams to work in a safe environment.”

Real-time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland,org , twitter @trafficscotland or on the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org. 

 

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