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Overnight surfacing improvements planned for A96 at the Ythanwells junction


By David Porter

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A section of the A96 between Insch and Huntly is to benefit from surfacing improvements worth £270,000 with work set to get underway next week.

The improvements will address defects along a 1km section of the A96 at Ythanwells Junction, creating a safer and smoother road surface for motorists.

The project is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 20 and will take place over five nights between 7.30pm and 6.30am.

All work is expected to be completed by 6.30am on Saturday, September 25, subject to weather conditions.

To ensure all roadworkers as well as motorists are kept safe throughout the project, temporary traffic lights with a 10mph convoy system will be in place for safety during periods of overnight construction works.

The convoy system will be removed outwith working hours however due to the nature of the works, one lane of the A96 will remain closed and temporary traffic lights will be in place for safety.

Commenting on the improvements, Ian Stewart, BEAR Scotland’s North East Representative, said: “This overnight surfacing project will greatly improve and strengthen this section of the A96 between Insch and Huntly, as well as create a smoother and safer journey for motorists.

“The traffic management is essential for everyone’s safety and regrettably some disruption for motorists is likely due to the need to keep the temporary traffic signals in place during the day.

“We thank motorists for their patience in advance while our teams carry out these essential improvements on the A96. "We encourage road users to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date traffic information and allow some extra time to reach their destination.”

Later the same week works starts on Sunday, September 26 over four nights on a section of the A96 between Bainshole and Huntly.

The improvements will address defects along a 400m stretch of the A96 at Brideswell Junction.

The overnight project is scheduled to begin on Sunday 26 and will take place over four nights between 7.30pm and 6.30am.

All work is expected to be completed by 6.30am on Thursday 30 subject to weather conditions.

To ensure the safety of roadworkers and motorists, temporary traffic lights with a 10mph convoy system will be in place during the overnight construction works.

The convoy system will then be removed outwith working hours.

However, due to the nature of the works, one lane of the A96 will remain closed with temporary traffic lights in place to ensure safety throughout the duration of the project.


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