This weekend Transport Scotland will be opening the Luncarty to Birnam project to drivers passing through Highland Perthshire.
A phased opening of the section will start over Saturday 28 August and Sunday 29 August, opening up 9.5 km of new dual carriageway between Luncarty, north of Perth, and the Pass of Birnam by Monday 30 August 2021.
Transport minister, Graeme Dey, said: “The opening of this major infrastructure project will improve road safety, journey times and journey reliability for the millions of road users that use this strategic route north each year.
“In addition, this vastly improved route will help stimulate the economic recovery of the north of Scotland following the pandemic, mitigate the impacts of Brexit, support businesses, communities and tourism throughout Scotland by improving access to and from the Highlands and Islands.”
Opening up this stretch of the A9 is adding 15 km of continuous dual carriageway from Inveralmond Roundabout to Birnam for the first time.
Local MSP, John Swinney said: “This is a significant milestone in the A9 dualling programme, and I am sure that this progress will be broadly welcomed across Perthshire.
“The dualling of the A9 will improve road safety, unlock economic opportunity and broaden access to the Highlands and Islands. It is an ambitious infrastructure project that will bring with it long-term benefits to communities all over Scotland.
“I look forward to the continuation of this project in the years to come, and to witnessing first-hand the benefits it will bring to the Perthshire economy.”
This is the second section of the 129 km of the A9 between Perth and Inverness which the Scottish Government is committing £3bn towards.
Alan Brisbane, Contract Manager, for Balfour Beatty, said: “We are extremely proud to have delivered this major infrastructure milestone for Scotland, which will not only stimulate the local economy, but also improve safety and reliability for road users.
“Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, our expert team remained focused throughout, with our attention now turning to landscaping and associated works, in the coming months.
“I would like to thank road users and local residents for their continued patience over the past three years and I look forward to seeing the wide-ranging benefits of the scheme being enjoyed for many years to come.”
Local MP, Pete Wishart added: “This is exciting news, and further evidence of the Scottish Government’s commitment to investing in every part of the country, including here in Perthshire.
“As a long-term supporter of this project, I am really pleased to see it come to fruition. It is particularly welcome that this latest section of the A9 dualling has been completed during the midst of a global pandemic, which no doubt significantly complicated the project.”