Transport Scotland has said that work on a 20 week ground investigation for the A96 dualling programme has got underway today to enable draft orders for the construction to be published later this year.
Traffic restrictions have been put in place for the £2M investigation work, which will be used to design the 31km road upgrade between Nairn and Inverness.
The first phase of the work between has been split between Raeburn Drilling and Geotechnical and they will be undertaking the work between Inverness and Gollanfield and Gollanfield and Auldearn, respectively.
The work will involve boreholes, trial pits, cone penetration tests and road pavement cores.
“These ground investigations are needed to get vital information on the existing A96 carriageway between Inverness and Nairn as we progress our plans to dual this section of the route,” said a spokesman for Transport Scotland.
“We apologise for any inconvenience the works will cause and will closely monitor the operation of the traffic management to ensure that delays are kept to a minimum.”