A £2.5M contract for the ground investigation work along a 45.8-kilometre section of the A9 road has been handed out by Transport Scotland.
The contract for an advanced phase of ground investigation has been awarded to ground contractor specialist Fugro. It said the project to investigate the superficial deposits and bedrock along the route from Pass of Birnam to Glen Garry would include exploratory holes in soil and rock, in situ testing, high quality sampling, installation of instrumentation, laboratory testing, post site monitoring and factual reporting.
The work is being carried out on the second of three sections in the Scottish Government’s £40M programme to duel the A9 road in Scotland between Inverness and Perth.
Infrastructure secretary Keith Brown said: “Dualling of the A9 has been talked about for decades, but I am proud that the Scottish Government is now delivering this much needed upgrade.
“This investment represents the most expensive transport project in Scotland’s history and presents some of the most challenging work ever undertaken.”
The ground investigations that started on 24th August between Birnam and Glen Garry will help inform the ongoing design work for the southern section of the dualling programme.