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Inverness road remains closed due to delay-hit flood work

Bank Street in Inverness Image copyright kenneth allen/geograph
Image caption Bank Street in Inverness is to be reopened before the summer tourist season

A road in Inverness will remain closed for longer than planned to allow work to continue on building new flood defences.

Bank Street was to be reopened on 10 February to avoid adding to traffic disruption caused by major work on the A9's Kessock Bridge.

Highland Council said that it would now be May before the street was opened.

Work on the River Ness Flood Alleviation and Streetscape Scheme has been hit by delays.

The main cause for the programme falling behind schedule have been large boulders under and along Bank Street, which runs along the River Ness.

Highland Council said the aim was to have the flood defences and landscaping completed before the summer tourist season.

On 10 February, work starts on the final phase of a £13.2m upgrade of the Kessock Bridge.

The crossing will be cut from four to two lanes with a contra flow system for 20 weeks.

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