Overview

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.

Background

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

The widened southern section of the project runs in parallel to the west of the existing A9 before crossing over and providing widening to the east of the A9 for the northern section of the project.

This project has four accommodation underpasses and involves 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 majority of works are now complete, the contractor remains on site with a reduced site presence, focusing on necessary finishing, snagging and landscaping works.

Other works completed previously on the A9 include the dualling of 3.2 km at Crubenmore, the Carrbridge Improvements, the Ballinluig Junction Improvements and Bankfoot Junction Improvements.

Benefits

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.

Impact during construction

Traffic management

Traffic restrictions on A9 Kincraig to Dalraddy for approximately 8 weeks

Traffic management will be in place on the A9 from Kincraig to Dalraddy for approximately 8 weeks from 8pm on Sunday 10 June 2018, to allow the completion of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) infrastructure and associated cabling along the verge of the new 5 mile section of dual carriageway.

The traffic management will involve reducing sections of the new dual carriageway to a single lane in both directions, with a 50mph speed restriction in place. These traffic restrictions will commence near Kincraig and will progress northwards in phases to Dalraddy.

Motorists should take care on approach to the works as traffic management layouts will change during the 8 week period.

As these works are in the immediate vicinity of the live carriageway, traffic management is essential to ensure that they can be completed in a safe manner. The contractor will take advantage of this traffic management to complete snagging and finishing works on this section while traffic restrictions are in place.

Every effort will be made to minimise disruption, however motorists should ensure they allow sufficient time for their journey. We would like to thank road users for their co-operation.

Further information is available on the Traffic Scotland website.

 

Community engagement

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Contractor holds info session for local people

Local residents and businesses were invited to attend a drop-in session held by the contractor just after the project started last year.

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 133 in April 2017.

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

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