Irish builder John Paul Construction has been awarded the £10m contract to extend a section of dual carriageway on the A9 in the north of Scotland.
The Transport Scotland-funded project will provide a further 3.2km of dual carriageway on the country's longest trunk road at Crubenmore.
Located to the south of Newtonmore in Glen Truim, the A9 Crubenmore Dual Carriageway Northern Extension is one of a number of improvement schemes recommended for development to help achieve safer operation and more reliable journey times on the road. It will improve access to and from Inverness and the Highlands.
Construction work is due to start on site this autumn, with completion anticipated in late summer of 2011.
Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson said: “The Scottish Government is committed to dualling the A9 from Perth to Inverness on a phased basis. As a signal of our commitment, earlier this year the Finance Secretary announced that we would use some of the budget consequentials to fast track the work to extend the dualled section on the A9 at Crubenmore.”