Highland jobs in drive for deadline

COFFEY Construction is hoping for good weather as it seeks to complete a bridge refurbishment job before the end of the year.
The contract from The Highland Council is to strengthen the Cantray Bridge near Croy by installing a steel bracing to the central span.
The structure is a three span masonry arch that carries the road over the River Nairn. It was closed to traffic in January 2011, following an inspection that revealed serious deformation and outward leaning of a central span wall.
Coffey is also working to a December deadline in Inverness on enabling works for the River Ness flood alleviation scheme. The contract has included utilities diversions to accommodate the first phase of the construction of flood defences on both sides of the river between the Ness Bridge and Friars Bridge.
Cantray Bridge was built in 1774 by a local landowner and records indicate that it was replaced, at least in part, around 1850. The structure was designated B-listed in 1971.