How is “the biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken by Perth and Kinross Council” going?
Work on the Cross Tay Link Road, due to open in February 2025, is well underway since beginning in 2022.
We filmed drone footage of how the CTLR is progressing in three key areas – scroll down to watch.
Some key updates:
- The speed limit on the A9 between the Inveralmond Roundabout and Luncarty Junction will increase from 40 mph to 50 mph at the end of October 2023.
- The new section of Link Road between Stormontfield Road and the A93 is now complete and opened on 2nd October 2023.
- Access paths leading up to the Green Bridge are now underway, and landscaping will begin in November 2023.
Derek Walsh, project manager for BAM Nuttall on the Cross Tay Link Road, updated The Courier on the major infrastructure project.
He said: “Overall works are progressing well, and we are currently on schedule in all areas of the build.
“The recent rain and subsequent flooding have caused additional work and some minor setbacks but we’re confident that we will make up time over the coming weeks or so.
“Significant achievements over summer include the opening of the newly aligned A9, the opening of the Link Road between Stormontfield Road and the A93.”
CTLR progress at Redgorton
Watch how the road has changed since August 2022.
Mr Walsh continued: “Since the critical milestone of opening the newly realigned A9 in early August, works have progressed well.
“The remaining earthworks at the eastern roundabout of the new junction, and the earthworks along the old A9 which will form part of the Park-and-Choose area, are now complete.
“Preparation for further drainage works along the old A9, including service diversion, are also well underway.
“The bus bays close to Redgorton are now reopened, including the addition of new safety-critical elements under traffic management.
“The A9 overbridge finishing works are in motion with the parapet railings now installed.”
CTLR progress at Scone Race Course
“The current reduction in speed limit on the A9 between the Inveralmond Roundabout and Luncarty Junction will increase from 40 mph to 50 mph at the end of October 2023.
“The 50mph speed limit will be in effect until the completion of the ongoing works in Spring 2025 to ensure the safety of personnel using the site accesses and working adjacent to the new carriageway.
“The west abutment piling is now complete, which facilitated foundation construction. The west pier stem between the Tay and the Highland Railway line has been cast.”
Abutments (part of the substructure, meaning below the ground) are used at either end of bridges to help build their foundation and support the superstructure (above the ground).
The stem or stub refers to a vertical structure which supports the abutment.
“A significant milestone has been reached with the construction of the hammerhead starting in September,” Derek said.
“The hammerhead is the initial deck segment of reinforced steel, high-strength concrete, and post-tensioning cables.
“A careful construction sequence will ensure segments are completed on east and west piers alternately, to maintain a perfect balance during the superstructure construction.”
CTLR progress at Old Scone
“The new section of Link Road between Stormontfield Road and the A93 is now complete and opened on 2nd October 2023. This new road allows motorists and active travel users a more direct route.
“Work on the Green Bridge is well advanced; this will facilitate access for active travel users and wildlife across the new road to the Highfield Plantation, thus maintaining connectivity.
“Access paths leading up to the Green Bridge are now underway, and landscaping will begin in November 2023. Construction of the combined pedestrian and cycleway track has also progressed significantly, with many sections now surfaced.
“Roundabout construction along the Link Road has progressed well, and it is anticipated that the four new roundabouts will be completed in the coming months.”