A9 Dualling Progress
Bridge beams to be installed over A9 carriageway at two further overbridges as part of dualling project
Road users are urged to plan ahead and allow extra time for journeys with three overnight closures of the A9 north of Perth scheduled from November 27 to 29, 2019, weather permitting.
The A9 will be closed in both directions on each of these nights from 8:30 PM to 6:00 AM, between Luncarty and Dunkeld, as construction works on the A9 Dualling: Luncarty to Pass of Birnam project reaches another major milestone.
The three overnight closures are required to install precast concrete beams over the existing A9 carriageway to form the new Pitlandie and Coltrannie overbridges.
Gemma Montrose, Project Sponsor for Transport Scotland, said:
“Lifting the beams in place on these two new structures represents another major milestone in the project. Local residents and regular users of the A9 will be able to see more clearly the new dual carriageway and infrastructure emerging and taking shape.
“The two new structures - north of Luncarty (Pitlandie) and north of Bankfoot (Coltrannie), will provide access for residents and farmers who live and work adjacent to the A9. These new accesses will allow the existing accesses off the A9 to be closed to help improve safety along this section of the A9 for all road users.
“We would like to thank road users for their continued patience while we deliver these significant improvement works to dual the A9.”
To reduce overall disruption, our contractor Balfour Beatty intends to make the most of the closures by completing several other tasks while the road is closed to traffic. This will include further works to the structure at the new Stanley/Tullybelton Junction and undertaking preparatory works for the next phase of traffic management at the southern extent of the site.
Signed diversion routes will be in place on approach to the closure area, via the A85 for A9 northbound traffic and via the A923 Dunkeld junction for A9 southbound traffic.
Access to the communities of Luncarty, Bankfoot and Stanley will be maintained via the local road network for the duration of the three overnight closures.
Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.
Transport Scotland recognises that the A9 provides a vital link to and from Scotland’s Highlands and it is important to minimise disruption where possible.
A9 Luncarty to Pass of Birnam – Overnight Temporary traffic lights
A9 road users are advised that temporary traffic lights will be in place overnight on the 28th and 29th of October, between 21:30 and 06:00, as part of the A9 dualling works between Luncarty and Pass of Birnam.
This traffic management is required to remove temporary works associated with the construction of the overbridges and also to allow Scottish Water to undertake utility works.
To ensure the safety of road users and workers during these operations, traffic lights are necessary to restrict short sections of the A9 adjacent to the works. As traffic management layouts are expected to change during this period, road users should take care on approach to the site.
These works have been scheduled at night when traffic levels are at their lowest to reduce disruption for road users and will be manually controlled to minimise delays.
This traffic management is weather dependent and subject to change, therefore, please refer to Traffic Scotland for live traffic up-dates www.trafficscotland.org
New contraflow to be implemented on A9 northbound after Inveralmond Roundabout
A9 road users are being advised to drive with care on approach to Luncarty Junction as new traffic management restrictions will come into effect from Thursday August 29, 2019.
Existing traffic management restrictions will be extended by approximately 1 kilometre at the south end of the project as progress continues to dual the A9.
Northbound traffic will be reduced to a single lane on approach to the works and will be guided to crossover the central reservation on to the southbound carriageway, where a contraflow arrangement will be in operation over a short section of the dual carriageway.
This amendment to the traffic management is required to allow the new section of northbound carriageway to be tied into the existing dual carriageway.
It is anticipated that this traffic management will remain in place until completion of the project in Spring 2021.
New Temporary Mini - Roundabout at Bankfoot
Next phase of traffic management as part of dualling works
Transport Scotland is advising A9 road users of plans to install a temporary mini-roundabout near Bankfoot which is expected to be operational from 25th June 2019, subject to weather. The temporary mini-roundabout is expected to be in operation until spring 2020.
The mini-roundabout is the next phase of traffic management to be installed as part of the A9 Dualling (Luncarty to Pass of Birnam project) to help manage the safe flow of traffic during the construction of the new dual carriageway. It will be situated to the south of Bankfoot.
A9 road users are advised to approach the new road layout with care. The speed limit on approach to the new roundabout will be reduced to 30mph. Road users are warned to expect delays while the work is underway. The contractor expects that the temporary mini-roundabout will increase the average journey time through the works by around 15 minutes at peak times during the day. However, as we approach the height of summer, these times may be extended by traffic attending events in the area.
Gemma Montrose, Project Sponsor for the A9 Dualling: Luncarty to Pass of Birnam project, said:
“We are working closely with our contractor and consultees to minimise disruption to traffic as far as possible during our works to dual the A9. The installation of a temporary mini-roundabout was deemed the safest and most efficient way to manage the traffic during this phase of the works.
“Balfour Beatty, the contractor for the work, will monitor the flow of traffic on approach to the mini-roundabout with real-time journey information displayed on both approaches."
Transport Scotland apologises for any inconvenience caused during these works. A dedicated helpline has been set up by Balfour Beatty. This is available 24/7 on 0800 193 7313.
Upon completion of the Luncarty to Pass of Birnam Project, road users will benefit from 15km of continuous dual carriageway from Inveralmond roundabout in Perth to the Pass of Birnam.
The construction of 9.5km of new dual carriageway will include the creation of four new overbridges to maintain local access across the A9, the widening of one existing underbridge and the provision of a new side road bridge.
As a result, the safety of the A9 will be improved by replacing at-grade junctions with grade-separated junctions and providing safer overtaking opportunities along the route. Together, these improvements will reduce driver stress whilst improving journey times and overall operational effectiveness.