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£690,000 improvements planned for three location on the A9 near Pitlochry from Monday 22nd May

£690,000 IMPROVEMENTS PLANNED FOR THREE LOCATIONS ON A9 NEAR PITLOCHRY

Resurfacing and retaining wall improvements get underway from Monday 22 May

Three locations on the A9 are to be upgraded following an investment of almost £700,000 from Transport Scotland in the coming weeks.

The package of improvements 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. 

The works are programmed to take place as follows:

  • A9 Killiecrankie – Retaining wall improvements and maintenance

Work starts Monday 22 May for up to nine weeks

Maintenance works to improve the retaining wall on the section of the A9 at Killiecrankie, approximately three miles from Pitlochry, get underway from Monday 22 May.    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 Monday 22 May for up to two weeks

Resurfacing improvements to a section of the northbound A9 at the Ballinluig will take place from Monday 22 May for two weeks, Mondays to 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 Monday 5 June 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, starting Monday 5 June.  Phase two will then involve three nights of overnight working from Sunday 11 June between 7pm and 7am.  The programme is expected to finish by  7am on Wednesday 21 June.  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.

Commenting on the programme of work, 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 out with 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 information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org or twitter @trafficscotland.

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