New Realigned A9 Now Open
The new realigned A9 was successfully opened on the 3rd August, three weeks ahead of the original programme. As well as restoring the A9 back to four lanes by removing the recent temporary traffic management system, the completed works represent a significant milestone within the Cross Tay Link Road project and the Perth Transport Futures Strategy.
William Diver, BAM Nuttall Project Director, commented, “The completion of the realigned dual carriageway is a critical step in the CTLR project as this will link the bridge crossing to the A9, diverting traffic from, and reducing emissions in, Perth city centre.
“Whilst we completed much of the new realigned road off-line - rather than on the live carriageway – we appreciate that the contraflow has been frustrating for the travelling public. I would like to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation and assure drivers that traffic management on this main stretch of road is now complete.”
Drivers are asked to note the 40mph speed limit between the Inveralmond roundabout and Luncarty junction. This is in place to ensure the safety of personnel using the site accesses and working adjacent to the new carriageway.
As well as completion of the major works for the new realigned road, extensive landscaping has also taken place. Drivers will see an improved environment as well as a clearer view of the city and surrounding areas coming from North to South. In addition, a new precast beam overbridge, spanning the new A9 has been constructed as part of the project.
Next steps in the project include completing the new A9 overbridge, slip roads, junctions and roundabouts servicing the flow of traffic to and from the A9 onto the new bridge on its opening. Work will also commence on the development of the sustainable urban drainage systems to enhance the ecosystem, and to offer provisions for wildlife and biodiversity surrounding the road network.
Councillor Grant Laing commented, “One of Perth’s key strengths as an area is its location and well-connected road network. The new realigned section of the A9 brings us one step closer to the vision held within the Perth Transport Futures Strategy, ensuring the long-term economic success of the region, and a cleaner, more sustainable city centre. It is a major achievement of which everyone can be proud.”