Project Update January 2024
Note: There have been significant challenges on the project due to the storms and inclement weather encountered in the last quarter of 2023, which has resulted in some delays.
New Kingsway / Link Road
It has been a busy winter period on the Link Road with a significant portion of the finishing works progressed. This included traffic signs, street lighting, vehicle safety barrier and landscaping between the A93 and A94 roundabouts.
The open section of the Link Road between Stormontfield roundabout and the A93 roundabout has proven to be well-received by the local community, and offers a glimpse of what the completed Link Road will look like. This section is facilitating local upgrade works to the existing Stormontfield Road which has progressed well with the installation of the new precast concrete box culvert and a new drainage network.
Work on the Green Bridge at Highfield has also progressed well with the completion of waterproofing and backfilling which connects the new road to Highfield Plantation for active travel users and wildlife, thus maintaining connectivity. Access paths leading up to the bridge are scheduled for completion in spring 2024.
The latest period saw the completion of the initial superstructure (hammerhead) on the River Tay bridge. The hammerhead completion now enables the erection of the Balanced Cantilever Form Traveller.
The west abutment foundation has been completed, and is located immediately west of the Highland Railway line. The east abutment piling as part of the foundation has also been completed, facilitating the abutment (end support) construction.
Early in 2024, construction of the initial Form Traveller deck segment of reinforced steel, high-strength concrete, and post-tensioning cables will commence. A careful construction sequence will ensure that a segment will be constructed on either side of each pier to maintain a perfect balance. The bridge is currently forecast to be completed in 2024.
With the new A9 alignment to the west completed well established and working well for drivers, the focus remains on the next phase of the works. This included the completion of ancillary works such as bus-bays, footpaths, and accommodation works.
In addition, there has been good progress along the old A9 route with the completion of earthworks and drainage now commenced. All culverts are now done, with completion of the Bertha Loch replacement culvert including diversion.
The earthworks for the new park-and-choose area is now also completed despite the challenging weather conditions. The A9 Overbridge superstructure has also advanced with the commencement of the deck waterproofing; weather challenges has prevented the completion of these works in 2023.
The opening of the new diversion route of the existing cycle path for use by both cyclist and pedestrian users has facilitate enabling works for the Denmarkfield Access Portal which will commence early in 2024.