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Industry call to build A9 hairpin scheme
The notice, which outlines construction costs of approximately £9 million, invites prospective bidders to formally apply to participate in the procurement to construct major improvements to this important route in the north of Scotland.
The project will see improvements to the road alignment and the existing tight hairpin bend.
Once complete the scheme will improve road safety and journey times by removing the need for vehicles to slow down or stop to negotiate the bend.
Minister for Transport & Islands, Humza Yousaf said:
“The Scottish Government has been working to progress this much needed improvement to the A9 at Berriedale Braes.
“The hairpin bend and steep hill has presented drivers, in particular HGVs and other long vehicles, with a very challenging road to negotiate.
“Today’s milestone is a major step forward to delivering the benefits for road users and local communities. This along with a contract notice also issued today for the Maybole Bypass in South Ayrshire, provides the construction industry with significant contract opportunities.
“This brings the total value of contracts awarded and advertised over recent months to £174m, demonstrating this Government’s continued commitment to improving the transport network.”
The bidders, which best meet the criteria successfully, will be invited to tender for the Berriedale Braes project. Work is expected to get underway in 2018.