In Pictures: Final phase of Inverness West Link project on track for April 2021 completion

The Highland Council has released progress images of the Inverness West Link project as it announced Stage 2 of the project remains on track for completion in early April 2021.

In Pictures: Final phase of Inverness West Link project on track for April 2021 completion

Aerial photo of the site (November 2020)

A number of core elements making-up this phase of the project have now successfully been completed, including the A82 pedestrian underpass; earthworks; drainage and services; installation of a timber jetty and concrete works. 

Looking west up the new A82

Stage 2 is the final phase and will bring a conclusion to the West Link Project, which has seen the completion of the link from the Southern Distributor Road at Dores Road to the A82 including crossing the River Ness on the new Holm Mills Bridge; new sports facilities at Canal Parks including synthetic pitch and clubhouse; and a relocated golf course. 

Curved East Abutment Wall with shock absorber and bearings

A core element of Stage 2 is the inclusion of a second swing bridge over the Caledonian Canal to the South of the existing Tomnahurich swing bridge. This tandem bridge arrangement will allow the free flow of vehicle traffic on the A82 to continue, while boats pass through one or other of the open swing bridges.

Footpaths and landscaping around ponds

There will normally be two routes available for vehicles to cross the canal and vehicles will be diverted over one or other bridge, only while the other is open to allow boat passage. 

Footpath leading up to A82 Underpass with stone cladding

Furthermore, residual land from the old golf course has been repurposed and will shortly provide additional amenity and recreational areas, through the inclusion of footpaths, landscaping around ponds and open green space.  

New Wharf

Chair of the economy and infrastructure committee, Cllr Trish Robertson, said: “I am delighted to see the final elements of Stage 2 of the West Link project coming together, which will make a huge difference to those commuting within Inverness. 

Installation of new timber jetty complete

“It continues to be encouraging to see project progress being maintained despite the challenges we faced in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and the halting of construction works.” 

New roundabout viewed from General Booth Road looking south

She added: “I am sure everyone who lives in or visits Inverness will be delighted by the way this new bypass enhances the road user experience for motorists, as well as cyclists and pedestrians, when we see the work completed in April.”

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