Two sections of the A9 near Pitlochry and the House of Bruar are set to be upgraded starting later this month following an investment of over £600,000 from Transport Scotland.
Improvements to the two stretches of the route will take place first at the northern end of the Ballinluig dual carriageway near Pitlochry followed by works to a section of the road at Clunes Lodge, to the north of House of Bruar.
The works will involve strengthening and resurfacing the road to make it more durable and resilient during the colder winter months, as well as providing a smoother and safer road for road users.
Plans to complete the works are scheduled as follows:
• A9 north of Ballinluig, northbound – Daytime works start Monday 20 February for up to three weeks
The 1.1km long improvement at the northern end of dual carriageway near Pitlochry will be carried out between 7am and 7pm each day from Monday to Friday for up to three weeks, with no works programmed for the weekends. During the surfacing improvements, lane closures with temporary traffic lights and a 10mph convoy system will be in place for the safety of the workforce and members of the public. There will also be a short intermittent local diversion in place whilst works are in the immediate vicinity of the Pitlochry slip road, however the slip road will always remain open outside of working hours. The convoy system will also not be required in the evenings and at weekends but a lane closure and 30mph speed limit will be in place to protect traffic. The southbound A9 will be unaffected during these works.
• A9 Clunes Lodge – Overnight works start Sunday 12 March for up to three weeks
Overnight works will take place on a 1.5km section of the A9 to the north of House of Bruar at Clunes Lodge starting Sunday 12 March for up to three weeks. Works will take place each week from 7pm to 7am, Sunday nights to Friday mornings, with no work taking place on Friday and Saturday nights. A 10mph convoy system will be in place during the works to keep roadworkers as well as motorists safe during the improvements, however this will be lifted during the daytime and at weekends with a 30mph temporary speed limit in place instead.
Commenting on the resurfacing projects, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “The £600,000 investment from Transport Scotland will allow our teams to ensure the A9 continues to provide a safe and reliable route for motorists at these two locations.
“We have taken steps to minimise disruption as much as possible during these schemes, including scheduling the works to avoid working at weekends and ahead of the busy tourist season.
“At Clunes Lodge the scheme will take place overnight to further limit any impact to traffic as the scheme is located on a single carriageway stretch of the route. Our teams will look to complete both schemes as quickly and safely as possible.
“We thank road users for their patience in advance and would encourage them to plan their journeys ahead by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date information and leave extra time to reach their destination.”
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