Part of a wider flood protection scheme by The Highland Council the project will protect 129 properties in the community from ‘once-in-200-years’ flood events.
Severe flood events have affected the community most recently in 2011 and 2014, resulting in road and property damage.
Works, to be delivered by an Inverness-based Morrison Construction team, are due to commence on site within the next four to six weeks with most to be complete in summer 2019.
The works involved in the project include upgrading current infrastructure with a culvert replacement scheme and the creation of flood storage areas while removing older infrastructure.
Morrison Construction has many years of experience taking on the challenges involved with flood alleviation projects such as works for the Elgin Flood Alleviation Scheme for the Moray Council, which was officially opened in 2017.
Morrison Construction Managing Director of Infrastructure Scotland, Jim Steele, said:
‘‘We look forward to continuing our working relationship with The Highland Council and delivering these vital flood defences that will safeguard homes in the Smithton and Culloden communities.
‘‘We live in the communities that we work in. Our engagement with local stakeholders will continue throughout construction ensuring this project has a lasting positive impact.’’