Major overnight diversions will be in place during resurfacing works on one of the busiest roundabouts on the A96 on the outskirts of Inverness.
The repairs to a section of the West of Smithton Roundabout, which begin today, will ‘address defects in the road and create a smother and safer journey for motorists’.
The works had originally been programmed to take place last month but the project was temporarily postponed for “operational reasons”.
Works will take place between 7.30pm and 6.30am each night with the repairs due to be completed by 6.30am on Wednesday, November 20.
To minimise disruption, no repairs are programmed to take place on the Saturday or Sunday night.
Bear Scotland said a full road closure will be required during working hours to ensure the safety of road workers and motorists.
Drivers travelling eastbound from Inverness on the A96 route towards Aberdeen will be diverted via Millburn Road, the B9006, Culloden Road, Tower Road and onto Barn Church Road, where they can re-join the A96.
All motorists travelling westbound will be diverted via Barn Church Road, Tower Road, Culloden Road and onto Sir Walter Scott Road where they can re-join the A9 and resume their journey.
Local access will be maintained at all times.
Bear Scotland’s Andy Thompson said: “These works have been designed to improve the general condition and safety of this section of the A96 for motorists.
“The overnight road closure is in place to ensure the safety of our road workers and motorists and will also help minimise overall disruption.
“We’ve planned the works to take place overnight when traffic volumes are reduced and programmed works not to take place over the weekend, helping to minimise disruption to road users.
“We thank motorists for their patience in advance while our teams carry out these essential improvements on the A96.”
Motorists are urged to check diversions before travelling and allow additional time for journeys.