One of Scotland’s most dangerous roads, the A9, is to receive a £6M upgrade, the Scottish Government has said.
The improvements to the remote A9 will go some way to meeting safety campaigners` calls for the Perth to Inverness route to become a dual carriageway in its entirety.
The investment will fund the creation of a dual carriageway at Moy, road surface improvements at Ralia and a feasibility study for the creation of a dual carriageway between Birnam and the Jubilee bridge, north of Dunkeld.
Scottish transport Minister Stewart Stevenson said: “This £6 million package of works is another important step toward delivering safer and quicker journeys on the A9.”
Mr Stevenson said £16M had been allocated to improve the road over a three-year period, with work already completed at Carrbridge and Bankfoot and work at Slochd scheduled for next year.
He said: “These schemes, coupled with the design works being undertaken for future enhancements, further demonstrate our commitment to invest progressively in the A9 on a continuing basis, leading to dualling of the route between Perth and Inverness.
“This will help to not only make the A9 a safer, quicker and more reliable road, reducing congestion, but will also sustain over 50 construction jobs this year as well as bring additional economic benefits for businesses and communities along the length of Scotland’s longest trunk road.”
Work will start at Moy, 30km north of Aviemore, in March and will last for twelve weeks.
The project will see a one-kilometre long northbound overtaking lane and a new right-turn lane, and also the closure of an unclassified road from the A9 to the village of Moy.
Road surface improvement work at Ralia, near Newtonmore, will start in spring and last for ten weeks.