Further ground investigation work to start on the A9 dualling project near Inverness
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Work will get under way next week on a further round of ground investigations on the six-mile section of the A9 dualling project between Tomatin and Moy, south of Inverness.
The work is expected to take three weeks.
From Monday June 14, traffic management lane closures with speed restrictions will be in place.
This is to allow the workforce to operate safely while working on the verge alongside the existing dual carriageway at the northern and southern ends of the project.
Motorists are asked to comply with the necessary speed restriction signing at these locations.
A Transport Scotland spokesperson said: "The Scottish Government is committed to dualling the A9 between Perth and Inverness, underlining its commitment to connecting Scotland’s cities with a high quality transport system that will generate sustainable economic growth.
"These ground investigations and the lane closures starting next Monday are essential for the design of the six-mile section between Tomatin and Moy, the most northerly section of the route to be dualled.
"We published the Made Orders for the scheme in February and when complete there will be nearly 20 miles of continuous dual carriageway south of the city of Inverness.
"The A9 dualling programme aims to bring many benefits to local communities, businesses, visitors and road users living, travelling and working along the route including reduced journey times, improved journey time reliability and, crucially, improve road safety for all users.
“We apologise for any inconvenience these ground investigation works on the A9 may cause and thank road users and the local communities in advance for their patience. The contractor will be closely monitoring the operation of traffic management measures throughout the contract to ensure that any delays are kept to a minimum
"We ask drivers to plan their journeys in advance using the trafficscotland website, Twitter or radio."
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