A four year works framework worth around £10m is up for grabs on the A9 route between Perth and Inverness, in preparation for the start of the main construction work.
The contract framework will deliver advance work such as site clearance, property demolition, access tracks, laybys, fencing, signage, drainage and piling.
Keith Brown, cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work said, ‘This framework contract marks another major milestone in delivering the A9 Dualling Programme.
'Preparing the route in advance of the main construction work will enable the main contractors to hit the ground running - ensuring everything that can be done is being done.'
Transport Scotland said: ‘It is anticipated that the framework will be of interest to small to medium sized enterprises as well as large construction companies. Work will be grouped, with successful bidders able to join one or more of the following three lots;
- Civil engineering works up to £250k
- Civil engineering works from £250k to £2m
- Piling works up to £350k
Contractors are expected to be appointed on to the framework in November with the first work commissioned shortly after.