First of three A9 dualling design contracts awarded
The first of three design contracts for the dualling of the A9 has been awarded.
Joint venture CH2MHill/Fairhurst is expected to design a 26-mile (43km) upgraded stretch of the road between Glengarry and Dalraddy.
The work will start next month, subject to what is known as a mandatory standstill period.
The A9 between Perth and Inverness is to be fully dualled at a cost of £3bn by 2025.
The three design contracts are each worth between £40m and £60m.
Transport Minister Keith Brown said the dualling programme was the most expensive transport project in Scotland's history.
He said: "The appointment of the first design consultancy for this mammoth project marks another significant milestone in this government's commitment to the project - the first government to commit to dual this vital route between Perth and Inverness."