A9 dualling project set to be lifted to new heights

RAEBURN Drilling and Geotechnical Ltd has been awarded the latest multi-million pound contract on Scotland’s A9 dualling programme.

The remote Slochd summit is included in the latest ground investigation contract. The summit, at over 1,300 feet above sea level, is the second highest point on the A9 and is part of the 15-mile Dalraddy to Slochd stretch of the route.

Raeburn Drilling and Geotechnical will undertake the contract, which is valued at over £5 million, with work due to last until March 2019.

Michael Matheson, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity 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 the latest of a series of ground investigations on the route. Having published draft Orders for the Dalraddy to Slochd scheme at the end of August, we are now carrying out further ground investigations starting next month (November) to help inform the design work for the section of the route which includes the dramatic rock face at Slochd.”

A Transport Scotland spokesperson added, “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.”