Work on the £3 billion A9 Dualling programme has now started, boosting tourism opportunities along the gateway to the Highlands.
The construction programme - the largest transport project in Scotland’s history - will see around 80 miles of upgraded road being delivered between Perth and Inverness by 2025. Work is now under way on the road between Kincraig and Dalraddy. The work is expected to be complete by summer 2017.
The £35 million Kincraig-Dalraddy programme contract includes upgrading a five-mile stretch of single carriageway to dual carriageway and will be carried out by a joint venture of Wills Bros Civil Engineering and John Paul Construction.
From Monday, 21 September, traffic management will be in place on the road between Kincraig and Dalraddy with a 40mph speed restriction in operation.
Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, said: “When this ambitious programme is complete, enormous economic and social benefits will be felt by communities along the length of the road, and beyond.
“Shorter term safety improvements for the A9 are already delivering positive benefits for the safety of the route, with preparation work on further dualling work also now starting to bear real fruit.
“With nearly three quarters of a million tonnes of excavation work to be carried out on this section at Kincraig alone, we are at the start of a long journey to deliver the entire programme. But we are committed to this programme and we will remain focused to ensure this work which is now at the hard end of construction, is seen through to a successful conclusion.”
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