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OIC shares update on roadworks progress

Orkney Islands Council (OIC) has given an update on the various road repair and replacement works going on across the county.

Work is progressing as follows:

Sunnybank Road — both phases now complete and the road reopened.

A986 at Harray — Road works on the main A986 are ongoing between Grimeston Road and Refuge Corner — one lane open under temporary traffic lights. Please keep everyone safe by heeding the speed limit and please allow extra time for your journey.

A965 at Finstown — Work on Phase Two of the site is ongoing, with a closure of The Old Finstown Road between Acre Lea Road and the A965 in place — signed diversion is in place via Old Finstown Road and Zions Loan. The main A965 Kirkwall to Stromness road is open under temporary traffic lights — please allow extra time for your journey.

Top of Clay Loan and surrounds — Work on Dundas Crescent will start on Monday, April 25. Dundas Crescent will be closed from Bignold Park Road to Buttquoy Crescent, for around three days. A signed diversion route will in place via Bignold Park Road, The Meadows and Thom Street for the duration of the work. Bus services No. 4 (Kirkwall Airport) and No. 9 (Kirkwall Town Service) will follow the diversions.

Meantime, the following sections have reopened: Bignold Park Road between Holm Road to Dundas Crescent. Clay Loan from King Haakon Street to Bignold Park Road.

Old Finstown Road, Firth — Work is planned to start on Thursday, April 28 between Zions Loan and Cursiter Farm. Work will be carried out using temporary traffic signals and are expected to take around one week. Allow extra time for your journey.

Cornquoy Road, Holm — Work will start on Monday, April 25 and will be carried out under road closure conditions during school hours only to avoid school transport disruption. A signed diversion route will be in place during periods of road closure.

Benshall Road, Holm — Work will start on Monday, April 25 and will be carried out under road closure conditions. Properties affected by the work will be advised of what access will be provided during the work.

Looking ahead:

  • The Meadows — works have been delayed until May.
  • Westray — patching works are planned for coming weeks — further detail to follow.
  • Tankerness — patching works are planned for coming weeks — further detail to follow.