Motorists should allow more time
Traffic restrictions as two-year A9 works begin
Transport Scotland is urging road users to allow extra time for their journey as a two-year programme of work to dual a six mile stretch of the A9 from Luncarty, north of Perth, to the Pass of Birnam begins from Monday, 4 February.
Restrictions include narrow running lanes and a speed limit of 40mph through the works area which will remain in place until completion of the project in Spring 2021.
The stretch between Luncarty and Dunkeld (pictured) will fully close from 8:30pm to 6:00am for four nights, from Friday 22 to Monday 25 February.
Barriers will allow construction adjacent to the A9, whilst maintaining one lane of traffic in each direction.
Access to Luncarty, Bankfoot and Stanley will be maintained via the local road network for the duration of the four overnight closures.
Gemma Montrose, Project Manager for Transport Scotland, said: “These traffic restrictions are a tried and tested approach that improve safety for road users and construction workers during what will be an extremely busy construction period.
“Our contractor anticipates approximately four minutes delay through the 40mph traffic management area and we’ll be working closely with Balfour Beatty to ensure disruption to road users and the local community is monitored throughout the works and is kept to a minimum during the construction phase.
“Road safety is our first priority and we would like to take this opportunity to thank road users for their patience while we deliver these significant improvements works to dual the A9.”
Inspector Davie Hynd of Police Scotland, said: “The reduced speed limit is necessary to ensure that drivers are able to cope safely with the inevitable effects of the road works such as narrowed lanes, contra-flows and construction traffic. We would encourage road users to plan their journey in advance and leave extra time to travel through the works area.”
Road users are advised to approach the new traffic management layouts with care, plan ahead and allow extra time for their journey.
When this stretch of road is complete road users will benefit from 9.3 miles of continuous dualled carriageway from Inveralmond roundabout in Perth to Pass of Birnam.