Ground investigation work valued at £2.7M for the second highest point on the A9 dualling project has been awarded to Raeburn Drilling and Geotechnical.
Working at altitudes of over 400m, the ground investigation will deliver design information for a 24km section of the route between Dalraddy and Slochd.
Scottish cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work said: “The A9 Dualling programme between Perth and Inverness is one of the largest and most challenging infrastructure projects in Scotland’s history and we will be starting further vital ground investigations next month that will support the ongoing design work.
“This latest significant ground investigation contract will help inform the design work for the section of the route between Dalraddy and Slochd which includes the section of A9 at Aviemore and the dramatic rockface at Slochd.
“Building on the earlier ground investigation work on this part of the route, the investigations will start next month, take a break over the holiday period and then re-commence in January with the work expected to last until March 2018.
“Some of this work will take place on or near the live carriageway and in order to ensure the safety of both road workers and road users we will need to introduce traffic management arrangements.
“Road users and local communities will be kept informed of our plans and we will endeavour to ensure that any disruption is kept to a minimum.”