Work on this improvement scheme, which has moved forward earlier than planned thanks to savings from the Queensferry Crossing project, is the first in the Scottish government’s £3bn programme of works to upgrade the A9.
The shortlisted bidders for the five-mile long scheme are:
- BAM Nuttall/John Sisk
- Farrans Construction/Roadbridge
- Morrison Construction
- Wills Bros/John Paul Construction.
The Kincraig to Dalraddy scheme will involve the widening of the existing five-mile stretch of single carriageway between Kincraig and Dalraddy to full dual carriageway, providing overtaking opportunities in both directions.
The contract is expected to be awarded in summer 2015.
Scotland’s transport minister Keith Brown said: ““Work to progress the dualling of the A9 is gathering momentum as we move another step closer to appointing the contractor who we expect to put the first spade in the ground next summer, some six months earlier than originally planned.
“This contract, along with the two of the three multi-million pound design contracts for the route and work to address safety issues, will continue to drive forward improvements to Scotland’s longest trunk road. This will deliver benefits for road users and local communities alike, while supporting businesses, communities and tourism throughout Scotland by improving access to and from the Highlands.”