The A9 is to be upgraded at three locations just to the south of the strath following an investment of almost £700,000 from Transport Scotland.
The package involves resurfacing at two locations on the northbound side of the dual carriageway of the A9 at Ballinluig and at Moulinearn to create a smoother road surface, as well as works to the retaining wall beneath the A9 at Killiecrankie to help ensure it continues to operate safely:
• A9 Killiecrankie – Retaining wall improvements and maintenance
Work starts Monday, May 22 for up to nine weeks. The works are required to replace some drainage components of the retaining wall to ensure it continues to function safely. Alternate north and southbound lane closures will be in place for nine weeks as teams work to remove and replace drainage chamber components above the northbound and central reservations retaining walls. A temporary speed limit of 50mph will be in place throughout the works for safety.
• A9 Ballinluig, northbound – Resurfacing improvements
Work starts on Monday for up to two weeks. Resurfacing improvements will take place Mondays-Fridays from 7am to 7pm. The A9 and slip roads at the Ballinluig junction will remain open, however a 10mph convoy system will be in place to keep road workers as well as motorists safe during the improvements. A temporary speed restriction of 30mph will remain in place overnight as traffic will be running over a temporary surface.
• A9 Moulinearn, northbound – Resurfacing improvements. Work starts on Monday, June 5 for up to two weeks.
Following on from the improvements at Ballinluig, work will begin at Moulinearn on the northbound carriageway to upgrade the road surface. The resurfacing works, approximately two miles south of Pitlochry, will be split into two phases using a combination of daytime and night-time working to reduce disruption to motorists and help ensure safer access to a level crossing. Phase one will see resurfacing take place from 7am to 7pm for five days.
Phase two will then involve three nights of overnight working from Sunday, June 11 7pm-7am. The programme is expected to finish by 7am on Wednesday, June 21. A 10mph convoy system will be used during both phases during working hours to keep road users as well as motorists safe during the improvements.
Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: "The investment of nearly £700,000 will allow us to carry out this essential programme of work to help ensure the A9 continues to operate as a safe route for motorists.
"We’ve taken steps to avoid impacting motorists as much as possible, including carrying out the resurfacing works outwith the busier weekend, as well as working overnight to help ensure safe access to the level crossing at Moulinearn is maintained.
"We thank motorists for their patience in advance while we complete this essential programme of improvements on the A9, and encourage them to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date journey information and leave some extra time before travelling."
Real-time journey info: Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org or twitter @trafficscotland.