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A9 DRUMOCHTER, northbound and southbound

From : 30th September 2019

To : 28th October 2019

Posted : 27th September 2019

Wednesday 16 October

 

Ongoing £520,000 Surfacing Project at A9 Drumochter reaching half-way mark

·         Innovative & sustainable surfacing method prolongs life of A9 and saves over 1,000 tonnes of road construction material

 

The ongoing £520,000 surfacing project to upgrade a stretch of the A9 at Drumochter is progressing well with teams reaching the half way mark earlier this week.

So far over 640m of the northbound dual carriageway has been upgraded, with work to address a 400m stretch on the southbound dual A9 beginning this week.

Once completed the programme will see over 3,400 tonnes of new surfacing materials installed, improving the overall quality and safety of this section of the A9 for drivers.

The ongoing southbound project incorporates a sustainable approach to road maintenance, where a process known as ‘crack and seat’ is being applied to the cement-bound base layer beneath the top level of road surface.    This engineering process helps extend the life of the existing lower layer of the road by inducing a series of hairline cracks using heavy machinery, which help to evenly distribute the strain and pressure of traffic running over the top. 

This is a more sustainable solution as it saves around 1,150 tonnes of material when compared to a traditional method of full reconstruction of all road layers, without compromising on quality.   

In addition to using the sustainable ‘crack and seat’ method, over 9,300 square metres of high-quality, durable road surface will be installed over the top which will provide an enhanced lifespan when compared to traditional asphalt mixtures, while also reducing the need for future maintenance.

The improvements are taking place between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Thursday and 7am to 12.30pm on Fridays. No works are programmed for Saturday or Sundays.   The project is expected to be completed by the end of October.

To ensure the safety of roadworkers and motorists, there is a 10mph convoy system in place during the project.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said. “The A9 is a major strategic trunk road that is used by thousands of road users daily. This significant investment by Transport Scotland allows this key element of Scotland’s road infrastructure to continue to operate safely and effectively for years to come, providing vital access for people to and from the north.

“This section of the A9 at Drumochter is one of the highest sections of trunk road in the UK at over 470m above sea level, and it is important that we ensure the carriageway is strengthened so that it can withstand any exposure to the elements. 

“By using more sustainable methods and higher performance materials we can prolong the life expectancy of the road at this section and minimised future need for maintenance.

“We thank all road users for their continued patience during this project and encourage them to plan ahead by check the Traffic Scotland for up to date journey information.”

To view our full 2019/20 programme and for further information on the continuing investment on the North West Trunk Road network, please visit us at http://bit.ly/BEARNWProgramme.

Real time journey planning is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org , twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org. 

 

 

£520,000 SURFACING IMPROVEMENTS

A9 Drumochter, northbound and southbound

Works begin Monday 30 September for up to four weeks

 

 

Motorists using the A9 at Drumochter are set to benefit from an improved road surface as surfacing improvements are set to get underway next week.

The £520,000 investment by Transport Scotland will see improvements to a section of the northbound and southbound A9 Drumochter dualled carriageway, creating a smoother and safer journey for motorists.

The project is set to begin on Monday 30 September and is programmed to take up to four weeks to complete. The improvements will take place between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Thursday and 7am to 12.30pm on Fridays. No works are programmed for Saturday or Sundays.

To ensure the safety of roadworkers and motorists, there will be a 10mph convoy system and lane closures in place during the project.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said. “The £520,000 surfacing improvements will help address the defects on this section of the A9 and will greatly improve the road surface for motorists,

“The traffic management in place is essential to ensure the safety of road workers and road users. We’ve taken steps to reduce disruption to motorists as much as possible by avoiding working at busy weekend periods. 

“Our teams will do all they can to complete the project as quickly and safely as possible, and we thank motorists for their patience in advance while we carry out these improvements to the A9. We would also encourage motorists to plan ahead before setting out by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information.”

To view our full 2019/20 programme and for further information on the continuing investment on the North West Trunk Road network, please visit us at http://bit.ly/BEARNWProgramme.

Real time journey planning is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org , twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

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