LISTEN: Gemma Patterson explains what drivers can expect on the A9 ahead of the switchover
Temporary overnight traffic lights are coming into place tonight ahead of the switchover to the new surface laid out on the A9.
Starting at 7:30 pm tonight, Monday 8, and finishing at 6:00 am on, Tuesday 9, the temporary traffic lights will be managing traffic crossing the Luncarty junction into the new Stanley/Tullybelton Junction.
Project sponsor, Gemma Patterson, said: “We’ve been busy preparing for the next traffic management layout for the works.
“So, from tonight, we’re going to have temporary traffic signals in place overnight, from half past seven this evening until six am in the morning. And from six am in the morning, there will be a new traffic management layout.
“So what were doing is we’re removing the cross over between the Luncarty junction and the Tullybelton junction.
“Which means that road users will now be travelling on the new section of read for the entire length of the works, so you’ll be travelling on what will become the new southbound dual carriageway.
“So it’s quite a major milestone for the project.”
Also starting on Monday 9 is another set of overnight temporary traffic signal which lasts from 7:30 to 6:00 am for five nights at the northern extent of the works to remove temporary barriers.
Once the traffic switch is in place, drivers will now be crossing the 9.5km stretch of road through the site.
Here, drivers are being reminded that over taking is not permitted and a speed restriction of 40 mph will be in force.
Gemma Patterson added: “Please pay attention to all of the signage that’s on the site, take care on approach to the new road layout because things will look a bit different.
“And things like site access might have changed location, so take care while going through the works and adhere to all the speed restrictions in place.”
However, the snowfall seen in the past month has set the project back some months.
Before ‘the Beast from the East’ prevented the ground crew from working on the site, the project was expected to finish by the second half of 2021.
Now because of the delay, brought on by the weather, the A9 dualling project is expected to be completed by the winter of 2021.
The planned traffic management is weather dependent and subject to change, therefore, please refer to Traffic Scotland for live traffic up-dates www.trafficscotland.org