The issue of this notice is the first stage in the procurement process for this vital road improvement scheme.
The project includes the construction of almost two miles of dual carriageway and will provide improved overtaking opportunities on the A9 to the north of Crubenmore. The works will also significantly improve traffic flow on this key route connecting central Scotland to the Highlands.
Transport Minister, Stewart Stevenson said:
“Following our announcement just last week regarding £76 million of funding to support employment and boost Scotland's economy, we have moved swiftly to deliver this key project milestone.
“The project is a further example of our commitment to dualling the A9 on a progressive basis. This investment will bring significant benefits to commercial and tourist traffic through more reliable journey times to and from the north“
The tender process is expected to be completed by Autumn 2010 and it is anticipated work can start on site soon thereafter, with an expected completion in late 2011. Some advance works may be carried out later this year.
When completed, the Scheme will support businesses, communities and tourism throughout Scotland by improving the access to and from Inverness and the Highlands, giving additional guaranteed overtaking opportunities in both directions and reducing both journey times and the number of convoy incidences.
Other A9 projects are progressing as follows:
- A9 Moy - the £2.3m project, currently under construction, will deliver 1.06 km of a new northbound overtaking lane, with associated drainage, surfacing and safety fencing improvements. The scheme is expected to last approximately 12 weeks
- £9.5m (estimated) Kincraig to Dalraddy (Made Road Orders & Compulsory Purchase Orders published October 2009)
- £8.5m (estimated) Crubenmore (Made Road Orders, Compulsory Purchase Orders published November 2009)
- £4.2m (estimated) Slochd (Draft Road Orders to be published by end of financial year 09/10 followed by Compulsory Purchase Order)
- £2.7m Carrbridge (completed and opened in June 2009)
- £2.7m Bankfoot (completed and opened in August 2009)
- £15m Ballinluig (completed and opened in May 2008)