The much vaunted roadworks have finally started, and it’s thrown Stornoway into a right old tizz. Sandwick Road is closed to people wanting to go to Point and the airport. Now I could be rude and say something nasty about the desirability of going to anywhere east of the town, but that isn’t nice. I’ll instead be my usual sarcastical self about the roadworks themselves.
One bright Monday evening saw this sign affixed to a lamppost in
Newton, along one of the diversionary routes. Upon going down Newton
Street, traffic has to turn left into Island Road to rejoin Sandwick
Road a quarter of a mile further north.
Fortunately, they came round two hours later and put up a proper “Turn left” sign.
Another diversion leads up Matheson Road to Goathill Road and down
Smith Avenue. Resurfacing work has turned the last road into a bit of a
bumpy track, and there have been dire warnings of traffic gridlock.
Apart from the lorries squeezing themselves through Newton, I’ve seen
little evidence of it.