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£5.4M Resurfacing Programme Completed on A914 Dec 2017


- Sustainable methods used will help prolong the lifespan of the road 


A £5.4M programme of road surface improvements has been completed on the A9 between Ballinluig and Thurso.

The investment by Transport Scotland, saw sixteen sections of the A9, totalling 14.6km, resurfaced between February and November 2017. The works deliberately avoided busy summer periods and have benefitted the thousands of motorists using the route each day.

The programme saw approximately 34,500 tonnes of new asphalt laid, fixing defects and improving the overall quality and safety of the road surface for drivers. 

An innovative sustainable method was used in ten of the sixteen schemes. The ‘Crack & Seat’ process extends the life of the existing road by introducing a series of hairline cracks in the cement lower layers which then distribute the strain more evenly. By reusing these existing cement bound lower layers it gives a more stable base and increases the lifespan of the carriageway. Using this sustainable method in these schemes saved approximately 27,000 tonnes of material compared with traditional reconstruction.

Furthermore, as part of the overall resurfacing programme, over 80,000m2 of TS2010 surface course was laid. This bespoke surface course, developed by Transport Scotland, will provide an enhanced lifespan when compared to traditional alternatives and will reduce the need for future maintenance.

Eddie Ross, Operating Company Representative in the North West for BEAR Scotland said: 

“The A9 is a major strategic trunk route that is used by thousands of road users on a daily basis. This significant investment by Transport Scotland supplements the programme of dualling the route and allows this key artery in Scotland’s road infrastructure to continue to operate safely and effectively for years to come, providing vital access for people to and from the North.

“By using more sustainable methods and materials we have prolonged the life expectancy of the road and minimised future need for maintenance.” 

All works were undertaken by Breedon Aggregates on behalf of BEAR Scotland. 

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