A new overbridge passing over the A9 is connecting Stanley and Tullybelton, marking a milestone in the A9 dualling project.
As part of the opening the A9 team are working on preparty works, so temporary lights will be running from 8pm on Monday night until 6am Tuesday morning.
The new bridge has removed a right turn off the artery and replaced it with slip roads off the main lane and into the smaller communities.
Gemma Patterson, Project Sponsor for Transport Scotland, said: “This new traffic management phase which includes the use of the new Stanley/ Tullybelton Junction for the first time marks a significant stage in the construction to dual the A9 carriageway between Luncarty and Pass of Birnam.
“The project team has overcome unprecedented challenges during this last year and I’m extremely proud to see the progress that has been made to date. I’m delighted to see this new junction coming into operation and the start of benefits to road users that this new infrastructure will bring to the local communities.”
Weighing in with 268 tonnes of reinforcement steel, 1,550 m³ of structural concrete, 15 precast concrete beams and approximately 500,000 m³ of earthworks, the bridge opens from Tuesday 8 June as part of the overall dualling project.
A spokesperson for Transport Scotland said: “The junction will operate with temporary signage, a reduced speed restriction and a temporary slip road for northbound traffic to cross the new northbound A9 carriageway which remains under construction. We ask road users to approach the area with care and pay attention to all signage.”
These works are aiming to improve to overall safety of the road by increasing visibility and implementing the new slip roads.
Balfour Beatty’s Contract Manager, Alan Brisbane, added: “This significant milestone is the culmination of a great deal of hard work and planning and will deliver a lasting legacy for surrounding communities, businesses and road users. This next traffic management phase signals a move to the last phases of construction and the final push for project completion in winter 2021.
“As ever, we are grateful for the patience and support we have received from the surrounding communities and regular users of the A9 during the construction of this vital infrastructure improvement project.”