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Transport Scotland's aerial view of newly completed £9.6m A9 Berriedale Braes project

By Alan Hendry

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THE full scale of the £9.6 million road realignment project at Berriedale has been highlighted in a spectacular video from the national transport agency Transport Scotland.

The new section of the A9 opened to traffic on Friday after a major scheme that involved taking out the notorious hairpin bend on the north brae.

It is intended to speed up journey times and enhance road safety by removing the need for vehicles to slow down or stop.

The project supported more than 50 jobs during the peak of construction.

Scotland's transport secretary Michael Matheson said: “I welcome the opening of this key improvement project, which will now begin to deliver improved road safety as well as better journey times for A9 road users."

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