Dualling Deal for Scotland’s A9 Now Open to Interested Contractors

The government of Scotland recently launched a programme for dualling on the A9, and it is reportedly continuing to make good progress, particularly since procurement for the next road section set for dualling has also begun.

Dualling the A9

Dualling the A9

The next phase is scheduled to be for a section of road between the areas of Luncarty and Birnam, and the stretch of road comprises a total of 9.5 kilometres. The PIN, or Prior Information Notice, for the project for this stretch of road has already been published. The budget for it has been set at £100 million, and it is scheduled to start by the year’s end. In the coming weeks, a Contract Notice will also be released.

Ongoing work on the dualling of the A9 

Meanwhile, the design for the rest of the network, particularly between the areas of Perth as well as Inverness, is still ongoing, and exhibitions have already been on display since the 2nd of March. The public is encouraged to check the exhibit, especially the design for the 24-kilometre stretch from Dalraddy to Slochd as well as the 16-kilometre route between Crubenmore and Kincraig, which adds up to another 40 kilometres of the dualling scheme on the A9.

Along with this, the scheme’s organisers are already looking for contractors who are capable of carrying out some advanced road works along the whole route in order to prepare it for further construction. The contract opportunity for the project should be especially interesting to small- and medium-sized local enterprises which would welcome a chance to become part of the innovative programme.

Keith Brown, the Economy Secretary, points out the noteworthy progress which has already been made for the dualling scheme on the A9. He stated that the range of work and activity already underway in regards to the scheme is proof of the government’s commitment to improving and upgrading the stretch of road, which links the centre of Scotland to the islands and Highlands.

Furthermore, according to Mr. Brown, they are on schedule when it comes to the opening of the 7.5-kilometre stretch of recently-upgraded route between Dalraddy and Kincaid in the summer, which is certain to bring about significant benefits to drivers and motorists who use the A9. Mr. Brown said that another sign of progress for the project is the PIN publication for the next road section (from Luncarty to the Birnam Pass) to undergo dualling, which marks further steps for the appointment of a contractor which will undertake this part of the scheme. Mr. Brown expressed satisfaction with the progress of the project, stating that two additional road sections with a total of 40 kilometres have already been identified, which means that more than 90% of the programme for dualling is now on its preferred status. The entire dualling scheme is set to be completed by the year 2025. 

Posted on 17 Apr 2017 in News

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