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A9 set for 6m of upgrade works

A9 from the air. Picture courtesy of HIE
Projects running to 16m are planned for the A9

A package of works totalling £6m has been announced by the Scottish government for sections of the A9 in Perthshire and the Highlands.

An overtaking lane will be built at Moy, near Inverness, and the road surface upgraded at Ralia, near Newtonmore.

The stretch between Birnam and the Jubilee Bridge north of Dunkeld will be made into dual carriageway.

The government said recycled materials would be used in the projects.

Work at Moy will start in March and last for 12 weeks, while the project at Ralia will run for 10 weeks in the spring.

Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson said the improvements would help make the A9 safer and quicker and also provide work for 50 people.

He said: "This key route is seeing over £16m of improvements during a three-year period, with the completion of schemes at Carrbridge and Bankfoot last year, the works at Moy and Ralia this year and also a project at Slochd scheduled for next year."

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