Motorists will face two weeks of disruption from next Sunday when roadworks begin on one side of the A9 dual carriageway just north of Inverness.
Resurfacing works will take place on a section of the southbound dual, just north of the Munlochy junction, overnight between 7pm and 7am on weekdays.
Transport Scotland has invested £300,000 in the scheme which will involve upgrading the road surface using a high-endurance material, and improving the stability of this part of the road by enhancing the underlying concrete layer.
During the works a 10mph convoy system will be in operation and vehicles will also be unable to use the Artafallie junction to join the southbound A9. Motorists who want to use this route will be diverted via the northbound carriageway, using either Tore roundabout or the North Kessock junction.
Traffic management will be removed outwith working hours but a speed restriction of 30mph will remain in place as traffic will be running on a temporary surface. No works are planned at the weekends.
Eddie Ross, operating company representative for Bear Scotland’s North West Unit, said: “These essential resurfacing improvements will give a much improved road surface, greatly increasing the ride quality of the carriageway.
“We are taking steps to minimise disruption during these works, including carrying out the resurfacing at night and avoiding weekend working.
“We encourage motorists to plan their journey ahead by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date journey information and allow a little extra time for travel.”
Real-time journey planning information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org or twitter @trafficscotland
Highland Council will next week enforce a temporary traffic order to close a section of Ness Walk for Scottish Waters contractors to carry out maintenance on their apparatus on the road.
The stretch of road, between the junctions of Bishop’s Road and Ballifeary Lane, will be closed on Tuesday between 6.30pm and 11pm and will reopen on Wednesday.