The A9 will be closed in both directions during the night this weekend (19/20 March) between the exit for Inverness Campus and Inshes, and the Raigmore interchange.
This is to allow access for a scheduled maintenance inspection of the ‘Golden Bridge’.
The road will close from 8pm on Saturday 19 March until 7am on Sunday 20 March, and then again from 8pm on Sunday through to 6am on Monday.
A series of clearly marked diversion routes will be in place.
Traffic from the south will be directed off the A9 to Inshes roundabout onto Old Perth Road, then to Millburn Road and back onto the A9 at the Raigmore interchange.
Traffic coming from the north on the A9, or from the east on the A96, will be diverted at the Raigmore interchange onto Millburn Road, then to Old Perth Road to Inshes roundabout and then over the dual carriageway to re-join the A9 from Culloden Road.
Inverness Campus developer, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has commissioned structural engineering firm, Fairhurst to carry out the inspection work.
Fairhurst will liaise with all the relevant traffic authorities, local and national, to ensure widespread awareness of the temporary closures.
The Golden Bridge was installed in 2013 to enable access between Inverness Campus and the city centre, and is used by over 10,000 cyclists and walkers every month.
It is a part of wider green and active travel links which includes the recently opened Raigmore Active Travel link
Ruaraidh Macneil, HIE’s director of business infrastructure, said:
“We have been working with Fairhurst to make sure this essential maintenance inspection takes place during the A9’s quietest times.
“The road will be fully open during the day on Saturday and Sunday.
“Anyone using the route during late evening and through the night are asked to follow the clearly marked diversion routes, which will take them back onto the A9 as quickly as possible.
“We would like to thank any affected motorists for their patience and co-operation.
“The route will be back to normal by 6am on Monday.”