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A96 reopens between Lhanbryde and Mosstodloch following repairs to burst water main

By Chris Saunderson

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THE A96 between Lhanbrybe and Mosstodloch has reopened to traffic.

The repaired section of road.
The repaired section of road.

The trunk road reopened at 6am today (Saturday) following completion of extensive road reinstatement and repair work, after a burst strategic water main beneath the road.

Scottish Water engineers worked through the night to complete a challenging repair in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

A specialist reinstatement contractor has since been working on the extensive excavation that was needed in the trunk road carriageway and repaired wider damage caused by the burst.

The diversion arrangements which have operated over the period of the closure have now been removed.

A spokesperson for Scottish Water said: “We would like to thank local communities and road users for their patience and support while our team was working to repair a key part of the local water network; and then to get the road safely back to normal operation as quickly as possible.

“Alongside our specialist contractor, we have worked closely with BEAR Scotland to ensure a high standard of reinstatement work.

"This has taken longer than originally hoped, but will help to minimise the risk of problems with the road surface in the future.

"The diversion arrangements have generally worked smoothly, but we would like to apologise for the delays some road users have experienced.”

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