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08/11/17 12:01

Contract award for A9 dualling

£2.7 million contract hits the heights

The remote Slochd summit, the second highest point on the A9 at over 1,300 feet above sea level, will be included in the latest ground investigation contract for the A9 Dualling programme awarded today.

Raeburn Drilling and Geotechnical Ltd will undertake the contract totalling over £2.7 million for the challenging 15 mile Dalraddy to Slochd stretch.

Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work said:

“The A9 Dualling programme between Perth and Inverness is one of the largest and most challenging infrastructure projects in Scotland’s history and we will be starting further vital ground investigations next month that will support the ongoing design work.

"This latest significant ground investigation contract will help inform the design work for the section of the route between Dalraddy and Slochd which includes the section of A9 at Aviemore and the dramatic rockface at Slochd.

“Building on the earlier ground investigation work on this part of the route, the investigations will start next month, take a break over the holiday period and then re-commence in January with the work expected to last until March 2018.

“Some of this work will take place on or near the live carriageway and in order to ensure the safety of both road workers and road users we will need to introduce traffic management arrangements.

“Road users and local communities will be kept informed of our plans and we will endeavour to ensure that any disruption is kept to a minimum.