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Sandwater Road set for safety improvements

January 10th 2020

Viking Energy is to carry out minor alterations to the Sandwater Road using Shetland contractor Garriock Bros Ltd.

The work on the B9075 is expected to start around Monday 20th January and take up to eight weeks. It involves constructing new passing places and extending existing ones to improve safety and visibility.

Council road engineers are keen for vehicles to be able to pass each other more safely on the mainly single-track carriageway and avoid having to reverse back to passing places when faced with oncoming traffic.

The stretch of road affected by the work will be from the Upper Kergord junction to the Sandwater junction with the A970 main road.

The alterations are in preparation for the road being used by construction traffic during the building of an access track to the site of SSEN Transmission’s electricity convertor station at Upper Kergord.

The Sandwater Road is expected to remain open during most of the forthcoming works but delays of up to 20 minutes should be expected. Any road closures will be timed to avoid the busier periods before 9.30 am and after 3pm. Details will be given in advance through the local media.

A Viking Energy spokesman said: “We are delighted to bring in Garriock’s for this job and we look forward to working with many more local contractors and suppliers in the years ahead.

“We would appeal to users of the Sandwater Road to show patience during the works and to drive slowly to help ensure their own safety and that of the road workers.”