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Four shortlisted for major A9 earthworks scheme

Transport Scotland has announced that four bidders have been shortlisted for the £9M Barriedale Braes improvements project on the A9.

a9 berriedale proposed image

Source: Transport Scotland

Major cut and fill work will be needed to remove the hairpin and widen the curve of the road

The successful contractors have been named as R J McLeod, Morrison Construction, Roadbridge UK and Wills Bros Civil Engineering.

The successful bidder will deliver improvements to the road alignment and the existing tight hairpin bend.

Commenting on the scope of the work, a spokesperson from Transport Scotland said: “It is expected that the road improvement will include realignment of the existing road through a programme of cut and fill operations. However the final construction methodology and detailed design will be undertaken by the successful bidder.

“When completed, the scheme will improve road safety and journey times by removing the need for vehicles to slow down or stop to negotiate the bend.”

Work is expected to get underway later this year.

Scottish government minister for transport and islands said: “The Scottish government remains committed to delivering this much needed improvement and today’s announcement takes us another step closer towards delivering these benefits for road users in the north of Scotland.”

a9 map

Source: Transport Scotland

The final design will be undertaken by the selected contractor

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