Published: 19/05/2017 09:28 - Updated: 19/05/2017 09:43

A96 roadworks at Forres begin tonight

RESURFACING will start this evening on the A96 at Forres.

Work will begin at about 7.30pm between the access road to the treatment plant and the 40mph speed limit sign. It will run continuously until 6.30am on Monday morning.

Thereafter, work will take place over Monday and Tuesday nights, beginning at 7.30pm and finishing by 6.30am the following days.

Temporary traffic lights will be in place during these hours.

The £345,000 project will involve resurfacing both lanes of the carriageway.

This section of the A96 is used by almost 11,650 vehicles every day and the investment aims to address cracks and potholes in the surface.

Andy Thompson, BEAR Scotland’s North East Representative, said: "The investment from Transport Scotland will allow us to address the defects in this section of the A96 to create a smooth, improved road surface for road users.

"We’ve taken steps to reduce the overall impact of this scheme by carrying out the works over one weekend before then switching to overnight working only, and our teams will look to do all they can to complete the works as quickly and safely as possible.

"We encourage road users to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date journey information and leaving extra time to complete their journey."

Real-time journey planning information can be obtained by visiting or twitter @trafficscotland.

Materials removed from the existing carriageway will be recycled using SEPA approved methods.

The works are being carried out by Breedon Aggregates Ltd, Webfell and WJ on behalf of BEAR Scotland. Works have been planned in consultation with Moray Council and Police Scotland.

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