Public exhibitions to give update on troubled bypass

Members of the public will get a chance this month to see an update on progress to pick a preferred alternative to the A890 bypass at Stromeferry.

Highland Council and consultants URS Infrastructure and Environment UK are to hold two open days, on Thursday 27th March between 1pm and 7pm in Lochcarron village hall and in Achmore village hall on the following day between 1pm and 7pm.

There will be slide show presentations at regular intervals throughout both days and a team from the council and URS will be on hand to answer questions.

A council spokeswoman said: “The purpose of the public exhibitions is to update the public on the progress of the option appraisal. Nine main options emerged from phase one. There were three northern routes, five on-line routes and one southern route.

“The public exhibition will give the first draft of the scoring of each route and highlight some of the key issues. It will be an opportunity for the public to comment on the routes which best match the objectives of the scheme.

“We hope to finalise the stage two report by May 2014 and the council will have a chance to select a preferred route option in August.”

The options being looked at by the council include a bridge across the Strome Narrows and a new road through Glen Udalainn.