A Road Improvement Scheme to ‘future-proof’ the B-road network in South Loch Ness is driving forward with the first village scheme already completed.
The Highland Council has introduced the Village Improvement Scheme as part of a new South Loch Ness - Road Improvement Strategy to improve and upgrade the rural roads, providing a ‘fit for use’ road network which is vital to the area’s economic stability and growth.
Errogie, situated half way down the South East shore of Loch Ness on the B862, was the first village to benefit from the Village Improvement Scheme which delivered new traffic management arrangements and more to enhance the road environment in Errogie.
Colin Ross, Engineer (Strategy and Testing) of Highland Council said:
“This 560 metre improvement delivered a new junction arrangement, improved carriageway bend realignment, provision of a shared-use path, improved and formalised passing place provision, provided a new surface course overlay and improved road drainage.”
The new single, track road layout with a contiguous shared-use pathway required marker posts to highlight and protect property entrances while deterring vehicle access onto the path.
The posts were also used as essential markers to prevent vehicles from over-running the start and ends of passing places, encouraging their use to keep driving speeds and behaviour more conducive to a rural village setting.
The light oak, wood effect Glenwood™ Post was chosen to fulfil these requirements as it could provide the necessary reflectivity while also being more in keeping with the rural environment.
Unlike wood, the Glenwood Post will not split or rot. It is made from Everwood™ material, which is a self-coloured polymer that is vandal and weather resistant, and with its realistic timber grain effect it offers a low maintenance solution to the replacement of wooden marker posts.
Additionally, the Glenwood Post can be applied to schemes which require access control, verge protection or delineation in cycle route schemes.
“Initial reactions have been very positive with the posts being a central component to improving Errogie Village. The concepts devised in this scheme will be rolled out to the other Villages in South Loch Ness."
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