06-04-14 Improving the Improvements
Highland Council have had contractors out to make improvements to the road improvements at Laxford Bridge recently.

The improvements have been the subject of much criticism locally, with motorists concerned that rather than make the bridge crossing safer they have in fact made it more dangerous. There have been several near misses and we can only wait to see what happens when the summer tourist season begins and the traffic volume increases.

If you have any opinions on the Laxford Bridge Road Improvements please don't hesitate to make them known to your respective Community Councils, or contact garry.smith@highland.gov.uk who we understand is co-ordinating a review of the situation.

[Road Improvements at Laxford Bridge, near Kinlochbervie] [Road Improvements at Laxford Bridge, near Kinlochbervie]
The earth chicane has been tidied up and reflective bollards installed both across it and on the approach.
[Road Improvements at Laxford Bridge, near Kinlochbervie] [Road Improvements at Laxford Bridge, near Kinlochbervie]
Motorists heading south onto the bridge are still required to pull out to go around it, without being able to see if there is another vehicle coming
towards them on the bridge.
[Road Improvements at Laxford Bridge, near Kinlochbervie] [Road Improvements at Laxford Bridge, near Kinlochbervie]
Motorists approaching the bridge from the south still have their view impeded by a large sign, despite council assurances
it would be moved. It's only purpose is to provide advertising. This needs to be moved NOW.
[Road Improvements at Laxford Bridge, near Kinlochbervie] [Road Improvements at Laxford Bridge, near Kinlochbervie]
The obvious solution is to do away with the chicane and instead allow the road to continue on into this passing space,
just before the bridge, where motorists have a clear view of on-coming traffic. Highland Council seem unwilling to entertain this
idea, though.

One unfortunate motorist made the mistake of trying to turn her vehicle on the flat area beside the new road recently
only to find her car had immediately sunk into the soft peaty in-fill. Fortunately two passing motorists came to her help
and were able to pull the vehicle back onto the carriageway. A few 'Soft Verges' signs might not go amiss here, Highland Council.


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