Work Starts on Final Phase of North Coast Road
13th March 2007
Work began this week on the £3.4 million final phase of upgrading the A 836 North Coast road, between Melvich ~ Strathy, Sutherland.
The Highland Council has awarded a 40-week contract to Highland Quality Construction to build 3.4 kilometres of modern two-lane carriageway at Melvich, which will include two new bridges and environmentally friendly features, such as otter culverts.
Disruption to traffic movement should be minimal as most of the new road is being built "off line". Funding of £500,000 has been attracted from the European Regional Development Fund.
The first turfs were cut by local Highland Councillor Sandy Mackay, Bettyhill, assisted by Aaron Mackay and Katrina Mackay, the youngest boy and youngest girl at the 22-pupil Melvich Primary School.
Councillor Mackay is delighted with the investment made by the Council on the North Coast road.
He said: "Over the past 18 years, the Council has spent £7.7 million on bringing the North Coast road up to a modern standard. It makes journey times faster and safer and is welcomed by all who travel along this important part of the regional road network."