Berriedale Braes project: work due to start this year
RJ MacLeod has been awarded the construction contract as part of the £9.6 million Berriedale Braes project on the A9. The work involves improvements to the road alignment and the hairpin bend.
Construction is expected to get under way this year with completion in spring 2020.
Transport and Infrastructure Secretary Michael Matheson, said: “This is a particularly challenging stretch of the A9 to navigate and this investment will improve road safety as well as minimise the need for vehicles to slow down or stop to negotiate the bend.
“The investment is also a positive development for the area which will enhance the skills development of the Scottish construction industry, with approximately 60 jobs expected to be supported in the region during construction.
“Today’s announcement takes us closer to realising all of the benefits that this improvement will bring for road users in the north of Scotland.”
A contract was recently awarded to Farrans Construction to construct the £49.5m Haudagain Improvement scheme.
Transport Scotland said the contracts will provide a timely boost to the construction industry, community benefits including apprenticeships, work placements and graduate positions, as well as sub-contracts for local firms in each area.
Other recent contracts have been for the next section of A9 Dualling: Luncarty to Pass of Birnam project and the A737 improvement at the Den.