Environmental Scientifics Group is expected to start work on a ground investigation for Transport Scotland for the dualling of the A9 next month.
The £1.3M contract, which is expected to take four months to complete, is the first stage in plans to dual the A9 between Perth and Inverness by 2025.
“These important ground investigations will give us the detailed information needed to progress the draft orders for Luncarty to Pass of Birnam section next year,” said Transport Minister Keith Brown. “They underpin the careful in-depth planning and design required for one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Scotland’s history.”
Transport Scotland has also said that progress is being made elsewhere on the A9 on the Kincraig to Dalraddy section. Tenders for ground investigation work will be sought early next month and these works are expected to start later this year, paving the way for construction to start in late 2015 or early 2016.