Contract awarded for A96 dualling ground investigations

A96 map update 2015 v3 (3)A contractor has been appointed to carry out ground investigations later this month as part of the A96 Dualling Inverness to Nairn (including Nairn Bypass) scheme.

Raeburn Drilling & Geotechnical Ltd will undertake the two contracts totalling £3.1 million for this stretch of the A96. One contract covers the stretch between Inverness and Gollanfield and the other the stretch between Gollanfield and Auldearn.

The ground investigations, part of the A96 Dualling programme, will begin on June 26 and are expected to last until November.

Although most of the work will be carried out away from the trunk road and adjacent side roads, a small fraction of the work will require traffic management measures to allow work beside the carriageway to be carried out safely. This will include short, alternate single file traffic sections controlled by temporary traffic signals.

Out of almost 1000 total investigation locations across the site, only 36 of these will take place near the A96 or other side roads and may require traffic management, so minimal disruption is expected as a result of these works.

A Transport Scotland spokesperson said: “This ground investigation is needed to get important information on the existing ground conditions in the vicinity of the A96 between Inverness and Auldearn as we progress our plans to dual the road.

“Although the vast majority of the work will not require any traffic management, a small fraction of investigative work will take place beside the carriageway. We would thank road users and local communities in advance for their patience during any short duration traffic management operations which may be required as the works progress.

“The contractor will closely monitor the operation of the small amount of traffic management that is required to ensure that delays are kept to a minimum.”

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