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. 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.

 

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.

Traffic management

A9 road users are being advised to drive with care on approach to the section of dual carriageway from Kincraig to Dalraddy as minor snagging works are scheduled to take place.

The works, which will take place along both verges and at both ends of the dual carriageway section, will begin on Monday 26th November for approximately five days. To ensure the safety of road workers, traffic cones will be placed along the carriageway verge to highlight that operatives are working in the area. Although there will be no restrictions to traffic in either direction as a result of these works, road users are asked to respect the safety of road workers and approach the area with care. These works will be carried out at no additional cost to the taxpayer.

Information on planned works and any resulting traffic management is updated regularly on the Traffic Scotland website.

Community engagement

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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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