Upgrading of the A96, including dualling between Inverness and Nairn, a new Nairn bypass, a new Inveramsay Bridge and new connection between the A9 and the A96 to provide relief for the Raigmore Interchange.
This scheme is in advance of the proposals to upgrade the whole A96 between Aberdeen and Inverness to dual carriageway, which is being advanced as a separate scheme to happen at a later date.
The start of detailed preparatory work was announced today. The results are expected next Spring.
According to the Infrastructure Investment Plan released today, this scheme is not expected to start until 2017 at the earliest.
Public exhibitions on the scheme are taking place today and tomorrow.
Preferred route has been identified and public exhibitions have been held.
The award of a Â£30m design contract for this scheme was announced on 10 February 2015.
Preferred Option design updates (in response to public consultation) were exhibited in early February 2016.
Drilling for ground investigation has begun and will take place over a 20 week period.
The new Inveramsay Bridge opened on 18 March.
Options for the new link road between A96 at Smithton and A9 at Inshes were presented to the local community in November. This will be a single carriageway to alleviate congestion at the Raigmore Interchange.
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