This 7.5km road between Kincraig and Dalraddy has now been upgraded to dual-carriageway as part of the wider A9 Dualling Programme to improve the A9 between Perth and Inverness.

The project introduced dual-carriageway to the middle of what was a 50km section of single carriageway, north of Crubenmore, which had been identified by key stakeholders as being a top priority for the wider A9 Dualling Programme.


The Kincraig to Dalraddy project was the first section of the A9 to be dualled as part of the A9 Dualling Programme. This involved widening the existing road from single to dual-carriageway.

From Kincraig at the southern end of the project, the carriageway was widened to the west of the existing A9 before crossing over to the east side to complete the northern section at Dalraddy. This project included the construction of four accommodation underpasses and one large culvert replacement.

The contract for the design, construction and maintenance of the Kincraig to Dalraddy section was awarded to a joint venture of Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd. and John Paul Construction in June 2015.

The road became fully operational on 30 September 2017. While the construction of the dual-carriageway is now complete, the contractor may at times be required to carry out snagging and landscaping works.

The next section of the A9 Dualling Programme to be constructed is the Luncarty to Pass of Birnam Project.



The improved road:

  • provides safer overtaking opportunities
  • reduces driver frustration
  • reduces the number of vehicle convoys/platoons
  • supports businesses, communities and tourism through Scotland by improving access to and from the Highlands.

Community engagement


Contractor hosts drop-in session

Local residents and businesses were invited to attend a drop-in session held by the contractor following the award of the contract in 2015.  Staff from Wills Bros Engineering John Paul Joint Venture were on hand at the Kincraig Community Hall to explain more about the project and answer questions on how the work may affect them.

Community Benefits

The project has brought a number of community benefits through the construction process, including employment opportunities and opportunities for SMEs.

Employment on the project peaked at 168 in July 2017.

The project awarded eight sub-contracts worth a total of £1.4m to local businesses.

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