Transport Scotland awarded the Construction Contract for the A9 Crubenmore Dual Carriageway Northern Extension to John Paul Construction, a Dublin-based building and civil engineering contractor.
The new section of road, which opened to traffic on Monday 26 September 2011, will provide nearly two more miles (3.2 km) of dual carriageway on this stretch of the road. By extending the existing dual carriageway it will provide safe overtaking opportunities in each direction over the length of the new section.
Between 1995 and 1997 the A9 Route Action Plan (RAP) study was undertaken to assess the A9 between Perth and Inverness. This culminated in the A9 Route Strategy which recommended a series of improvement schemes, including the dual carriageway northern extension at Crubenmore.
The extension is intended to maximise the overtaking benefits by increasing the length of the existing one mile section of dual carriageway to nearly three miles.
Now the project is complete, road users have greater and safer overtaking opportunities leading to less vehicle convoys, a reduction in driver frustration and reduced journey times.