Four contractors have made the shortlist for a £70M contract to design, build and maintain the next section of road on Scotland’s A9 dualling programme.
Transport Scotland’s £3bn plan to upgrade 129km of single to dual carriageway is split into 11 schemes from Perth to Inverness, all due to finish in 2025.
The shortlisted bidders to dual the 9.5km section between Luncarty and the Pass of Birnam are: a Farrans Construction and Roadbridge joint venture (JV); a Wills Bros Civil Engineering and Lagan Construction JV; Dragados; and Balfour Beatty. A final contract will be awarded in the first half of 2018.
It comes as construction for the 7.5km section between Kincraig and Dalraddy, the first section to be dualled, winds down. The £35M design and build work was completed by Wills Bros Civil Engineering and John Paul Construction.
“When this section is open to traffic, drivers will enjoy safer opportunities to overtake, a reduction in frustration, reduced congestion, improved journey times and a better experience travelling between the central belt and Inverness,” said Scottish cabinet secretary for the economy, jobs and fair work Keith Brown.