Transport Scotland is seeking bidders for the construction contract on a £100m project to dual another section of the A9.
It has published a Prior Information Notice (PIN) relating to a 9.5km section of the road between Luncarty and Birnam. A contract notice will follow in the coming weeks and work is expected to start by the end of this year.
The Scottish Government’s transport body said design work also continues ‘apace’ across the rest of the route between Perth and Inverness (map below) with a series of exhibitions opening.
Scottish economy secretary Keith Brown said: ‘The range of activity and work underway to deliver the A9 Dualling Programme is tangible evidence of our commitment to upgrade this important road linking central Scotland to the Highlands and Islands.
‘We remain on schedule to open the 7.5km stretch of upgraded road between Kincraig and Dalraddy this summer, bringing huge benefits to motorists using the A9.
‘And I am also delighted to see rapid progress being made to identify the preferred route for the entire programme. With two more sections of road totalling 40 km identified, over 90% of the dualling programme has now reached preferred route status. I would encourage locals and road users to visit the exhibitions to view our plans.'
The public are invited to view the preferred routes for the 24 km Dalraddy to Slochd and the 16 km Crubenmore to Kincraig schemes - a further 40 km of the A9 programme.
Work is also underway to identify contractors to carry out a series of advanced works across the entire route in preparation for future construction.
Transport Scotland said it expects these opportunities to be of particular interest to small to medium sized businesses including those based locally.
Details of the public exhibitions:
Dalraddy to Slochd project
Thursday 2 March, 12 noon to 8pm; Aviemore Community Centre, Muirton, Aviemore
Friday 3 March, 12 noon to 8pm Carrbridge Village Hall, Main Street, Carrbridge
Crubenmore to Kincraig project
Wednesday 8 March, 12 noon to 8pm Newtonmore Village Hall, Main Street, Newtonmore
Thursday 9 March, 11am to 7pm Talla Nan Ros, King Street, Kingussie