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Resurfacing works planned for two sections of A96

By Lorna Thompson

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WORK will take place to upgrade two separate sections of the A96 this month.

Improvements will get under way on Monday, November 15, at a section of the Aberdeen-Inverness trunk road, near Allanfearn, to Milton of Culloden.

The £180,000 improvements will address defects in the road surface east of Allanfearn.

The project will take place over five nights between 7pm and 6am, and is due for completion on Saturday, November 20.

A lane closure with a 10mph convoy system will be in place during working hours. The convoy system will be removed during the day. However, one lane of the A96 will remain closed and temporary traffic lights will be in place during the week.

Resurfacing work will also be carried out on the A96 between Clovenstone to Thainstone, starting on Friday, November 26, at 7.30pm.

The £425,000 improvements will smooth out the road surface on the westbound section of the route between Kintore and Thainstone Roundabout.

The project will take place over three days and be completed by 6.30am on Monday, November 29.

A road closure will be in place on the westbound carriageway between Tavelty and Thainstone Roundabout.

Motorists will be diverted from the A96 at Boomhill Roundabout along the B987 towards Kintore, before travelling along the B994 towards Kemnay, then onto the B993 to Port Elphinstone Roundabout.

The A96 Tavelty and the A96 Kintore on-slips will also be closed with signed diversion routes in place to guide motorists. Local access will be maintained to Tavelty and Clovenstone.

Ian Stewart, BEAR Scotland’s north east unit representative, said: "This £425,000 investment from Transport Scotland will greatly improve and strengthen this section of the A96, as well as create a smoother and safer journey for motorists.

"Due to the nature of the works, the road closure on the westbound carriageway is essential for ensuring the safety of roadworkers and motorists. However, we have planned for operations to take place consecutively where possible over one weekend to complete the scheme as quickly and as safely as we can to minimise disruption."

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