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Questionnaires will be placed at the Libraries for visitors to provide comment and express a preference for one of the options. No Officials will be present but a contact telephone number and email address of a Scottish Executive Official will be left at each Library.
Earlier this year Road Orders and the Environmental Statement for the first phase of improvements on the A9 from Helmsdale to Ord of Caithness were published. The first phase, which encompasses the Ord Burn Bridge Improvement carried out in 1999, is currently being designed and site work is programmed to start in summer 2003, subject to land entry.
The assessment of route options for the second or southern phase did not produce a preferred solution unlike the first phase. The Deputy Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning, Lewis MacDonald agreed that an exhibition should be held to consult the local community on three options and to seek their views. This brochure summarises the information provided at the exhibition.
Two of the options involve re-aligning the trunk road across Navidale Valley and entail a major diversion from the existing route. The third option involves a series of localised on-line improvements.
The three route options are as follows:
The key features of each of these options are shown on the following three pages. Please take time to examine the details and assist us by completing the questionnaire available at the libraries as this is your opportunity to contribute to the final decision.
These comments will permit a firm conclusion for the Phase 2 scheme to be arrived at and a clear recommendation to be made in the Study Teamís Final Report.
The preferred route will be announced in Spring 2003 and detailed design will follow thereafter. It is anticipated that construction will commence in late spring 2004.
More detailed information will be available at the libraries in Wick and Thurso with questionnaires that should be returned to -
Information supplied by Scott Wilson on behalf of the Scottish Executive