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Further progress has been made on the A9 Dualling programme.
The contract worth over £1.2 million has been awarded to Fugro Geoservices Ltd and will help progress two dualling schemes - Tay Crossing to Ballinluig and Pitlochry to Killiecrankie.
The stretch between Dowally and Ballinluig will be progressed separately as both online and offline options are currently under consideration for that part of the route.
The ground investigation work is expected to begin in September and be completed by the end of the year.
Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf said:
"The A9 Dualling programme between Perth and Inverness is one of the largest and most challenging infrastructure projects in Scotland's history and throughout the summer we have been carrying out the vital ground investigation work that will support the ongoing design work across the dualling programme.
"This latest significant ground investigation contract will help inform the design work for two of the sections to be dualled.
"Over the next few months some of this work will take place on or near the live carriageway. In order to ensure the safety of both road workers and road users we will need to introduce traffic management arrangements.
"Road users and local communities will be kept informed of our plans and we will endeavour to ensure that any disruption is kept to a minimum, recognising that there are on-going construction works between Kincraig and Dalraddy. Work on the Kincraig to Dalraddy site is expected to be completed next summer."
A map showing the 11 dualling schemes and where these ground investigations are taking place – Tay Crossing to Ballinluig and Pitlochry to Killiecrankie - can be found at: http://www.transport.gov.scot/project/a9-dualling-perth-inverness