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Major rock cutting planned for A9 upgrade

Transport Scotland has announced that excavation of a new rock cutting is its preferred option to removing the hairpin bend at Berriedale Braes on the A9.

The decision, which is now subject to a public consultation period, follows on from a £90,000 ground investigation undertake at the site by Bam Ritchies in late 2013.

“The natural geography at Berriedale Braes, with a steep gradient and hairpin bend, is a very challenging road alignment, especially for HGVs and other long vehicles,” said Scottish transport minister Keith Brown. “The fact that a preferred option is now on display is clear evidence of our commitment to find a solution and improve this important section of the road between Inverness and Thurso.”

According to Brown, the final scheme outline will be published later this year.

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