Transport Scotland has awarded the contract for ground works on the A9 dualling project to Fugro GeoServices Ltd from Glen Garry to Crubenmore.
Fugro GeoServices Ltd has been awarded the contract to undertake the grounds works on two consectutive sections of the A9. Additional carriageway will be installed from Glen Garry to Dalwhinnie and Dalwhinnie to Crubenmore - totalling nearly 21km.
Work is due to get underway next month and last around three months.
In August, Balfour Beatty won a deal to dual 9.5km of the A9 between Luncarty and Pass of Birnam in Scotland, in a project worth £96M overall.
These works all form part of the wider £3bn, 129km A9 dualling scheme. Winding its way from Perth to Inverness, the road is being upgraded from a single to dual carriageway in a bid to boost economic productivity in the region.
The Scottish Government has an ambitious plan to complete the 11 sections of dualling by 2025. Advance work contracts were awarded in March.
However, there have been protests against the scheme, as part of the proposed route cuts through the site of the 1689 Battle of Killiecrankie, which Historic Environment Scotland has previously objected to.
Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity said: “The A9 Dualling programme between Perth and Inverness is one of the largest and most challenging infrastructure projects in Scotland’s history.
“With ground investigation works already underway on a number of sections of the route, these latest works starting next month will help inform the design work for the neighbouring schemes stretching from Glen Garry to Crubenmore.”
A Transport Scotland spokesperson added: “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.”
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