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16 June 2010

Contract awarded for A9 bridge scheme

A £750,000 contract to refurbish the A9 Cromarty Bridge, near Dingwall north of Inverness has been awarded, Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson announced today.

The three month contract, which will be undertaken by Freyssinet Ltd on behalf of Transport Scotland, includes concrete repairs to four spans at the south end of the bridge.

Additional repairs and corrosion prevention treatments will also be carried out before the four spans are resurfaced. This trial contract, expected to get underway in July, is part of the preparation for the eventual refurbishment of all 68 spans in future years.

Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson said:

“This key north of Scotland route serves the communities up to Thurso and to the ferry terminal at Scrabster for Orkney and Shetland and beyond. That is why we have provided this significant initial investment as part of a longer term strategy to refurbish the entire bridge over the coming years.

“These works also form part of our ongoing commitment to ensure Scotland has a reliable, robust transport network.“

The A9 north of Inverness is a vital link in Scotland’s strategic road network and this 30 year old bridge now requires refurbishment to ensure it remains in top condition for years to come.

This section is used by over 10,000 vehicles daily, and once completed, this investment will benefit motorists by maintaining a superior, safer and more reliable route.
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