Bridge beams to be installed over A9 carriageway and alterations to traffic management for the A9 Dualling: Luncarty to Pass of Birnam project.
Transport Scotland is urging road users to allow extra time for their journey as the next significant milestones of the A9 Dualling: Luncarty to Pass of Birnam project are set to be delivered from February 12, 2020.
The A9 will be closed between the Luncarty Junction and the A923 Dunkeld Junction, in both directions, between 8:30 PM to 6 AM on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 February 2020, and if required from 10 PM to 6 AM on Friday 14 February 2020. These overnight closures are required to install the final set of precast concrete bridge beams at Gelly overbridge.
These overnight closures of the A9 are required as the works will take place over the existing carriageway. The Gelly overbridge, north of Bankfoot, is the most northern structure on the project and will provide access to adjacent landowners and residents. The Gelly overbridge is also a ‘green bridge’ meaning that it will accommodate movement of wildlife across the A9.
More than half of the deck area will be landscaped to provide a safe route for a variety of wildlife to safely cross over the A9 carriageway. A number of ‘green bridges’ have been built on projects in Scotland including three on the recently opened Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.
These works are weather dependent as heavy lifting operations are sensitive to high winds. As such, our contractor has included Friday 14th February, as a contingency date and if forecast weather for all dates is poor, the closures may be postponed.
In the event that the works are completed on the first two nights, the third overnight closure will not be required. The latest traffic management information is available on Transport Scotland and Traffic Scotland’s digital and social media channels.
During the closures, signed diversion routes will be in place on approach to the closure area, via the A85 for northbound traffic and via the A923 Dunkeld Junction for southbound traffic.
Access to the communities of Luncarty, Bankfoot and Stanley will be maintained via the local road network for the duration of the two overnight closures.
Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.
Transport Scotland recognises that the A9 provides a vital link to and from Scotland’s Highlands and it is important to minimise disruption where possible.
Traffic management alterations
To reduce overall disruption, our contractor Balfour Beatty will make the most of these overnight closures by completing several other tasks whilst the road is closed to traffic.
This will include alterations to the traffic management and will include a new temporary crossover south of new Stanley/ Tullybelton Junction and a ban on right turns from the northbound carriageway of the A9 into the C569 Strathford Station Road (leading to the B9099 Stanley Road). A diversion via Bankfoot will be in place until the new Luncarty link road becomes operational in Spring 2021.
Upon completion of the A9 Dualling: Luncarty to Pass of Birnam project, road users will benefit from 15 km of continuous dualled carriageway from Inveralmond roundabout in Perth to Pass of Birnam.