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Commuters facing 154 mile detour after Highland swing bridge gets stuck

The canal swing bridge outside Invergarry is wedged open forcing the closure of the A82 to close in both directions at Laggan Swing Bridge.
The canal swing bridge outside Invergarry is wedged open forcing the closure of the A82 to close in both directions at Laggan Swing Bridge.

Commuters were facing a 154 mile detour as a the Caledonian Canal swing bridge was wedged open, closing off the Highland road in both directions.

The canal swing bridge outside Invergarry was wedged open forcing the closure of the A82 to close for three hours in both directions at Laggan Swing Bridge.

The road is the only crossing available without diverting north through Kingussie, Inverness and Drumnadrochit.

The road is now open but delays are still expected.

A Traffic Scotland statement said: “Engineers are still working to fix the swing bridge that remains closed to road and boat traffic.”

The following diversion in in place.

Northbound

Turn right onto A86 – Continue on the A86 to Kingussie – Turn Right onto the Junction for the onslip onto the A9 – Turn left onto A9 and travel northbound to Inverness – Continue on the A9 to Longman roundabout (Inverness) – Turn left onto A82 – Continue through Inverness and travel to Invergarry – Thereafter follow permanent signing. Distance: 154 miles.

 

Southbound

Continue northbound on the A82 to Inverness – Follow the A82 to Longman roundabout – Turn Right onto the A9 and travel southbound to Kingussie – Turn Left onto the off slip into Kingussie – Turn right onto the A86 and travel westbound into Kingussie and continue on the A86 to Spean Bridge – Thereafter follow permanent signing. Distance: 154 miles.

 

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