Transport Scotland is seeking bidders for the ground investigation contract for the dualling of the A9 between Luncarty and Pass of Birnam.
The investigation is e4xpected to start in spring next year to allow detailed design work to be undertaken ready for construction to begin on site in 2017.
“Starting procurement for the ground investigation work for the Luncarty-Pass of Birnam section marks real progress towards our commitment of a fully dualled A9 by 2025,” said transport minister Keith Brown.
“The A9 is the backbone of Scotland’s road network and we are the first government to commit to dualling it. Our £3bn programme of major improvements will deliver significant economic benefits to road users, businesses, communities and industry who live along or use the route. While that programme is complex and challenging, ground investigations such as these underpin the careful in-depth planning and design for the biggest infrastructure project in Scotland’s history.”
Transport Scotland has said that the ground investigation for the Luncarty to Pass of Birnam section is expected to cost between £800,000 and £1.2M.
This contract is part of a larger project to dual 128km length of the A9 between Perth and Inverness by 2025.