When practical challenges forced a change in approach to speed up completion, the opportunity for community engagement and support arose.

"A difficult project in a far-away place, made more difficult by the extreme weather and the environmental considerations." - Alisdair MacDonald, Senior Contracts Manager

In order to negotiate a short, full road closure (initially disallowed in the contract) to speed up project completion in a bid to avoid the bad weather of the late autumn months, CRL worked with our client, Highland Council and the local Community Council to find a suitable solution for all parties.

The result of these collaborative meetings was the provision of multiple services and benefits for the local community and road users. These included a defects report on the local jetty, a survey and report on surface drainage at a local football pitch, employing a local community bus service to transfer pedestrians to the villages either side of the bridge, employing a local garage to provide 24-hour recovery service (as the diversion was 12-miles on single track road), liaising with Local Council Roads Department to have the diversion route grass verges cut and potholes repaired.

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