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Inverness 'congestion' road works to go ahead again

Tomnahurich Bridge, Inverness Image copyright Peter Bond/Geograph
Image caption A new roundabout is being constructed at Inverness' Tomnahurich Bridge

Overnight road works that were the cause of serious traffic congestion in Inverness on Tuesday morning are to go ahead again from 19:00 on Thursday.

This week's earlier closure of the A82 at Tomnahurich Bridge on the Caledonian Canal for the construction of a new roundabout overran.

Diverted traffic built up in other parts of the city, including at Muirtown Bridge.

Highland Council said the road would reopen at 07:00 on Friday.

The local authority and its contractor, Wills Bros, have apologised for Tuesday's disruption.

'We are confident'

Highland Council's head of infrastructure Colin Howell said: "We have carried out a full review of what happened and put extra measures in place, including agreed mitigation measures, a revised work programme and extra traffic management, plus additional signage to ensure it doesn't happen again.

"With all these measures in place we are confident these overnight works will proceed as planned and the road will reopen to traffic at 07:00 on Friday morning."

Highland Council said road lining works are due to be carried out during the day on Tuesday 1 November. This will mean temporary lane closures will be in place and drivers have been asked to prepare for delays and allow for extra journey times.

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