Rock blasting planned for A9 Berriedale Braes

3rd October 2019

Aviemore to Carrbridge

Rock blasting activity will be taking place on three dates during the coming weeks along the A9 Berriedale Braes.

Contractors will be carrying out blasting between 2pm and 4pm on September 24th, October 3rd and October 15th.

Protecting local wildlife

The project follows blasting that took place earlier this year, which removed lighter rock from the area in preparation for construction of the new road. However, sections of heavier rock could not be removed at the time due to a nesting coastal bird colony nearby.

Kevin Knox, project manager for Transport Scotland, commented: “The temporary measures being put in place for the blasting work are precautionary to ensure the health and safety of the public.

“The contractor will endeavour to carry out this work as efficiently as possible to minimise the delay and we would ask for the cooperation of the public during this time.”

While the project is expected to cause minimal disruption to road users, the safety of all travellers in the area and the local community will be of paramount importance. As a result, a range of separate measures will also be in effect:

  • All A9 traffic will be held at a standstill for no more than 15 minutes while blasting is taking place.
  • Access to the area will be restricted to authorised staff only prior to and immediately after each blast.
  • Sentries will be positioned on all access routes and other locations to control vehicular and pedestrian traffic access.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Progress on the A9 Berriedale Braes is continuing after a minor setback earlier in the year and when done it will provide a major boost to the local area.”