Proposals for a new bridge to cross the River Spey near Kingussie in the Cairngorms National Park have gone on display as part of the consultation process for the preferred option for the A9 Dualling Crubenmore to Kincraig scheme.
The existing bridge and embankment will be removed and a new dual carriageway bridge crossing the River Spey further to the east will be constructed.
Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown said, “The work to dual the A9 between Perth and Inverness continues apace and last week we started the procurement for the construction of the next section to be dualled between Luncarty and the Pass of Birnam, with the section between Kincraig and Dalraddy due to be completed this summer.
“The public exhibitions this week are for the challenging 16.5 km section between Crubenmore and Kincraig which includes the River Spey and Insh Marshes, both internationally important in terms of their protected environmental status.
“The River Spey is a Special Area of Conservation supporting important populations of Atlantic salmon, sea lamprey, fresh water pearl mussels and otter. In developing the crossing we are considering factors such as the local environment, proximity to Ruthven Barracks and its location within the flood plain.
“The form of the new bridge will be developed to sit low in the landscape, limit impact on the Spey, fit well within the local environment and allow unspoilt views of the Insh Marshes and nearby Ruthven Barracks.
“The preferred option for the bridge will be developed at the next stage taking account of the sensitive environment it will pass through including the river Spey and it's flood plain and the Insh Marshes National Nature Reserve.
“We want to hear from locals and road users so I would encourage them to visit the exhibitions or view the material online and comment on our proposals.”