The A9 Dualling Luncarty to Pass of Birnam project in Scotland has achieved a significant milestone, as the new Stanley/Tullybelton Junction and overbridge comes into operation for the first time, as part of a new traffic management layout implemented from early June.
The new junction, the largest structure of the project, has been under construction for more than two years and has involved 268 tonnes of reinforcement steel, 1,550 m³ of structural concrete, 15 precast concrete beams and approximately 500,000 m³ of earthworks to construct. The earthworks for this junction alone account for two thirds of the earthworks for the entire project.
Road users will be given a taste of the benefits of this major infrastructure investment to dual the A9, including improved safety for traffic joining and leaving the A9 carriageways with the creation of new north and southbound slip roads.
The new junction has removed right turn manoeuvres from the A9 carriageway, enhanced visibility for road users, and improved access to the communities of Stanley and Tullybelton as well as routes to neighbouring properties and businesses.
The new Stanley/ Tullybelton Junction connects to the new Luncarty Link road, which replaces the previous ‘at-grade’ Luncarty North Junction. It also provides a new Non-Motorised User (NMU) route, connecting the villages of Bankfoot, Stanley and Luncarty for the first time, to encourage active travel in the area.
As a result of the new traffic management layout, the realigned U32 Newmill to Tullybelton Road will be reinstated, following the recent completion of the new precast concrete arch structure which spans the Ordie Burn.
To facilitate the opening of the new junction, preparatory works are scheduled overnight on Monday 7 June 2021, from 8 PM. The junction will become operational for traffic from 6 AM on Tuesday 08 June 2021.
The junction will operate with temporary signage, a reduced speed restriction and a temporary slip road for northbound traffic to cross the new northbound A9 carriageway which remains under construction. We ask road users to approach the area with care and pay attention to all signage.
Gemma Patterson, Project Sponsor for Transport Scotland, said: “This new traffic management phase which includes the use of the new Stanley/ Tullybelton Junction for the first time marks a significant stage in the construction to dual the A9 carriageway between Luncarty and Pass of Birnam.
“The project team has overcome unprecedented challenges during this last year and I’m extremely proud to see the progress that has been made to date. I’m delighted to see this new junction coming into operation and the start of benefits to road users that this new infrastructure will bring to the local communities.”
Balfour Beatty’s Contract Manager, Alan Brisbane, added: “This significant milestone is the culmination of a great deal of hard work and planning and will deliver a lasting legacy for surrounding communities, businesses and road users. This next traffic management phase signals a move to the last phases of construction and the final push for project completion in winter 2021. As ever, we are grateful for the patience and support we have received from the surrounding communities and regular users of the A9 during the construction of this vital infrastructure improvement project.”