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. 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.


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

Engaging with local communities is at the heart of all of our major construction projects and was no different on the Kincraig to Dalraddy section.

The Contractor had a dedicated Public Liaison Officer (PLO) who was committed to keeping the local community informed as the project progressed.

While there was some traffic disruption during the construction phase, every effort was made to ensure any inconvenience to road users was kept to a minimum. Police Scotland and The Highland Council were consulted prior to traffic management proposals being approved.

Traffic management

The new road layout was fully opened to traffic on the morning of Saturday 30 September.

Temporary speed restrictions were also lifted, allowing motorists to enjoy the full benefits of the scheme.

Community engagement


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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