Inverness West Link Road - ground condition investigations under way. (26/11/12)
posted by Roy Sinclair
- 26 Nov 2012, 6:08 p.m.
Extracted from the Highland Council website -
Work is under way along the route of the Inverness West Link Road to establish
ground conditions which will help inform the detailed design of the £27
The Highland Council has awarded a contract to Holequest Ltd of Galashiels to
drill bore holes and trial pits along the line of the new route to establish
full details of the exisiting ground conditions. Initial drilling has centred
on the Canal Pitches, Queens Park and Torvean.
The information is vital to the detailed design work that is currently being
progressed by Capita Symonds, who are assisting the Council's Project
Design Unit in providing detailed design, civil engineering and supporting
The ground investigation works are being carried out in two phases. Phase 1
comprises trial pitting and boreholes and should be completed in early January
2013 with Phase 2 to be undertaken in July 2013 and will see boreholes
undertaken at the pier locations at the proposed new bridge over the River
Capita Symonds have made good progress with developing the road design.
The new road - situated at the western boundary of Inverness city -
will link the Southern Distributor Road at Dores Road with the A82 Trunk Road
at Torvean and will also include a new crossing of the River Ness and the
Caledonian Canal. Coupled with this, the outcomes of the recent charrette and
land use strategy will be integrated with the revised road network in this
area. The new road will include allowances for enhancing the recreational
facilities and providing improved cycling and walking infrastructure within
the design area.
The commission for this stage of the project will take around 12 months and
will allow the Council to move forward with publication of Orders and
submission of a planning application. When all consents are in place it is
intended to construct the project in 2 Stages. The first stage will cross the
River Ness and link the Dores Road Roundabout with the A82 Trunk Road and the
second stage will provide for the tandem crossing of the Caledonian Canal at