Upgrade of the existing single carriageway A9 between the Highland Wildlife Park and a point close to Loch Alvie to provide dual two-lane carriageways, as part of the wider programme of works to upgrade the A9 between Perth and Inverness.
This part of the dualling works covers a 7.5 km (4.6 mile) length of road with no intermediate junctions, and at either end of the scheme the new dual carriageway will simply narrow down to the existing single two-lane road until the adjoining sections are completed. The scheme is one of the simplest parts of the A9 dualling works, requiring no major structures. There are four minor underpasses and one watercourse passing under the A9 where the existing overbridges and culverts are being widened or replaced.
This scheme is part of the A9 Dualling Perth to Inverness programme of works.
The official start of work, at a cost of £35m, was announced today.
Tarmac is in the process of being laid on a section of the new southbound carriageway.
Traffic is now using 4 km of new carriageway in contraflow, as construction begins on the other carriageway.
Traffic is now using both of the new carriageways, still under restrictions. The cycle route is structurally complete, but still needs a surface in places. Most signs are in place.
Full opening has been delayed, due to a short section of safety barrier not installed to the correct specifications.
Both carriageways are now open to traffic with two lanes each way at National Speed Limit, but the
lay-bys and the pedestrian/cycle route are still closed.
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