Work gets under way on Tuesday on a £10m upgrade scheme to a stretch of one of Scotland's most dangerous roads.
Two miles of the A9, at Crubenmore in the Highlands, will be upgraded to dual carriageway.
The area was the scene of a fatal crash in November 2009. A 39-year-old woman and 64-year-old man died in the three-car accident.
The project will extend an existing one-mile stretch of dual carriageway in the area, north of Crubenmore, near Dalwhinnie.
Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson has kicked off the project. Work is due to be completed by late summer next year.
He said: “I am pleased to be undertaking this ground breaking ceremony marking the latest section to be improved as part of the A9 Route Action Plan recommendations.
“The A9 is a vital link to north Scotland and the Scottish Government is committed to dualling this route, from Perth to Inverness, on a phased basis.
“These works will not only bring employment for local people, but also significant safety and economic benefits to communities and businesses across Scotland.”
The A9 Crubenmore dual carriageway northern extension is one of a number of improvement schemes recommended for development to help achieve safer operation and more reliable journey times for the A9.
The scheme will form a 3.2km extension to the existing 1.6km of dual carriageway giving additional guaranteed overtaking opportunities in both directions. This will also reduce journey times and the number of convoys.
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