Final roadworks will be carried out next week to help safeguard the Fettercairn Arch

The closure of the Fettercairn Arch (B966) for five days from next week will allow for earlier improvement works to be completed.

Works undertaken last month could not be completed due to the delay in the delivery of materials and components for the project.

Now that the goods have been delivered, work can now go ahead to complete the improvements to the road infrastructure.

Previously Large Goods Vehicles (LGVs) have attempted to access the village via the archway which has caused damage to the Historic Environment Scotland structure.

The installation of concrete bollards, large flower planters and improved traffic signage will prevent LGVs attempting to travel underneath which will create a safer travel path for vehicles under the arch.

There will be no access to the village via the iconic arch for five days from Monday, November 26 to Friday, November 30.

Site signage will indicate the temporary diversion route for traffic to the south-east of the village, and the alternative route via: B966, U106K local road, B974 and vice versa.

Roads Manager, Brian Strachan, said: “This work is important so that we can limit any further damage to the arch from traffic. It is important to understand that these repairs will not be carried out on the arch, but simply to the surrounding road infrastructure.

“We appreciate that any maintenance work on the road network can cause inconvenience, but I would ask the public to bear with us while we carry out these repairs.

“Roads users are asked to follow diversion signing and adhere to any temporary warning signs for their own safety and that of the workforce on site.”

Pedestrian access will be maintained with guidance.

If you have any queries about the proposed works, please phone our Contact Centre on 03456 08 12 05.

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