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The Stromeferry Bypass will see more work taking place in Spring 2018.

The closure is intended to allow for work to remove unstable rocks.

Colin Howell the Head of Infrastructure at Highland Council stated that a significant rock removal had been identified, costing around £1M.  He continued that the work will require significant traffic management.  As yet, the Highland Council cannot be definitive about what traffic implications will be.  As yet, a road closure has not been confirmed.  

"With regard to the longer term solution the targeted STAG stage 2 will be submitted to Transport Scotland in the very near future, and the work that HITRANS have commissioned to review the viability of a long term road and rail sharing operation – which is currently ruled out by Network Rail, will be finalised late summer – this will inform whether this option can be reconsidered with regard to its viability."

It was closed by 10 significant rock falls between 1990 and 2012.  After a landslide in December 2011 the bypass was shut for four months.

The Highland Council is also looking at a long-term solution to the problems at the 1960's-built bypass.  Solutions to the problem include re-routing the road at an estimated cost of £85m, a bridge costing about £100m and a tunnel costing about £171m.

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