Shortlist­forA9 con­tract­for Pas­sofBir­nam

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Rachel Clark

The short­list for con­trac­tors aim­ing to de­liver the A9 du­alling up­grade be­tween Lun­carty and the Pass of Bir­nam has been an­nounced.

Four bid­ders - Bal­four Beatty Civil Engi­neer­ing, Dra­ga­dos, and joint ven­tures be­tween Far­rans Con­struc­tion and Road­bridge, and Wills Brothers Civil Engi­neer­ing and La­gan Con­struc­tion Group - are vy­ing for the lu­cra­tive con­tract.

All four go for­ward in the process for the near six miles (9.5km) Perthshire stretch by Trans­port Scot­land.

Keith Brown, econ­omy sec­re­tary, said: “Work on the A9 du­alling pro­gramme is con­tin­u­ing at pace, with pre­ferred routes hav­ing been iden­ti­fied for more than 90% of the pro­gramme, and we ex­pect to award the con­tract for the Lun­carty to Pass of Bir­nam sec­tion in the first half of 2018.”

Else­where on the £3bn project, ground in­ves­ti­ga­tions on the stretch of the route be­tween Pit­lochry and Glen Garry are due to be­gin on Mon­day, Septem­ber 4.

Work on the sec­tion is ex­pected to last around 30 weeks. Most of this will be away from the ex­ist­ing road, but there are plans to in­stall tem­po­rary traf­fic sig­nals where con­trac­tors are work­ing closely to the sin­gle car­riage­way where nec­es­sary.

This will in­clude al­ter­nate sin­gle file traf­fic sec­tions con­trolled by tem­po­rary traf­fic sig­nals.

A Trans­port Scot­land spokesper­son said:“This ground in­ves­ti­ga­tion is needed to get im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion on the ex­ist­ing ground con­di­tions.”

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