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Burst water main closes A96 east of Lhanbryde

By Chris Saunderson

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A BURST water main has caused the closure of a section of the A96 east of Lhanbryde.

The A96 could be closed for two days.
The A96 could be closed for two days.

Emergency repairs are being carried out by engineers from Scottish Water.

However, it is likely the road will remain closed until Thursday.

A signposted diversion is in place between Lhanbryde and Mosstodloch, following the B9103 and the B9105 via Inchberry.

The section of road where the road is closed and drivers are being diverted via Inchberry.
The section of road where the road is closed and drivers are being diverted via Inchberry.

Scottish Water’s team is currently on site near Threaplands Garden Centre to excavate in the carriageway and "complete a challenging repair".

Extensive reinstatement of the affected section of the road is expected to begin early on Wednesday morning in order to allow the A96 to re-open to traffic safely on Thursday afternoon.

A spokesperson for Scottish Water said: “Our team has been working on site since yesterday seeking to locate and repair a burst water main beneath the A96. We have made efforts to keep the road open using traffic lights, but the location of the burst and its impact on the structure of the road mean that this is no longer possible.

“A diversion has been established to redirect A96 traffic via Inchberry. We would like to apologise to local residents and other road users for the delays this will cause. We would encourage people to plan their journeys, allow extra time and consider alternative routes where possible.

“Our team on site will be working over the course of this evening and tomorrow to enable the road to return to normal as quickly as possible. To allow extensive reinstatement of the carriageway, we currently expect that the road will need to remain closed until Thursday afternoon.”

While the repair is in progress, Scottish Water is continuing to take steps to maintain water supplies for customers in the area affected by the burst. Some customers may experience lower than normal water pressure or intermittent supply until normal service via the local water network is restored.

Updates will be provided online via Scottish Water’s website at www.scottishwater.co.uk.

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