RJ McLeod to begin next phase of £11m flood protection scheme after Christmas break

RJ McLeod is to begin the next phase of the Highland Council’s £11 million flood protection scheme at Caol and Lochyside in January.

Work on the project is due to pause from December 24 for Christmas and New Year, with the site reopening on January 10.

The project sees the creation of a new 1.2km flood embankment, which will run along the shores of Loch Linnhe from the Caledonian Canal embankment to the Caol Spit.

Further to this, an 800m flood wall will also be built at the side of the River Lochy adjacent to the road and finishing at Soldier’s Bridge.

Enhanced environmental benefits to the wider community will come as part of the works, with improved access to the towpath at the Caledonian Canal and improved walking and cycling routes being created – as well as planting, seating, paths and a play area.

The Highland Council added that the installation of road drainage and a new water main continues to progress well along Kilmallie Road, with the intention being to complete the current section under the traffic management past Riverside Park and temporarily reinstate the road carriageway to allow the traffic management to be removed for the forthcoming holiday period.

On the return to work on Monday 10 January the traffic management will be reinstated for the next phase which will be across the Old School Court junction, again requiring three-way temporary traffic lights.

During these works the bus stop opposite Old School Court junction will be temporarily relocated. A temporary bus stop will be installed under a short stretch of traffic management on the week commencing Monday 20 December.