A new dual carriageway section of the A9 in Perthshire will open to motorists this weekend, the transport minister has announced.
All traffic management, including lane and 40mph speed restrictions, of the £96 million A9 Dualling project will be removed in a phased manner over August 28-29.
It will allow road users access to the 9.5km of new dual carriageway between Luncarty and the Pass of Birnam by Monday, August 30.
The widening of this stretch of single carriageway is the second section of the A9 Dualling programme to be constructed as part of the Scottish Government’s ambitious £3 billion commitment to dual 129km of the A9 between Perth and Inverness.
The opening of this section to four lanes of traffic, the most southerly section of the dualling programme, now provides 15km of continuous dual carriageway from Inveralmond Roundabout to Birnam for the first time.
“I’m thrilled we’ve reached this most important milestone on the Luncarty to Pass of Birnam project,” said transport minister Graeme Dey.
“When the new section of road opens fully, it will bring tremendous benefits – improving connectivity between the Highlands and Islands and Scotland’s central belt, delivering far-reaching benefits to the wider Scottish economy.
“More locally, 4km of new and upgraded non-motorised user route has been constructed to connect the surrounding communities to Scotland’s core path network.
“This is promoting active travel and supporting our commitment to build an Active Nation where people choose to walk, wheel and cycle for everyday journeys.
“The opening of this major infrastructure project will improve road safety, journey times and journey reliability for the millions of road users that use this strategic route north each year. ”
The construction works to dual the existing 9.5km of single carriageway north of Perth began in February 2019, with the installation of traffic management restrictions.
The project involved the construction of four new bridges over the A9 and the removal of all direct accesses to the A9 carriageway.
It has also created approximately 4km of new and upgraded pedestrian, equestrian and cycle routes, linking the communities of Luncarty and Bankfoot for the first time.
Over the next few months, Balfour Beatty will continue to undertake finishing and landscaping works.