Raeburn Drilling & Geotechnical Ltd will carry out ground investigation work on the A9 in Scotland after landing a contract worth £1 million.
The work will be carried out at the remote Slochd Summit, the second highest point on the A9 only to the Drumochter summit and over 1,300 feet above sea level.
This work will help progress the A9 dualling scheme for the 15 mile section of the route between Dalraddy and Slochd.
The ground investigation work is expected to begin early next year and take five weeks to complete.
Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Keith Brown said: “The A9 dualling programme between Perth and Inverness is one of the largest and most challenging infrastructure projects in Scotland’s history.
“Building on the vital ground investigation work that has already taken place across the dualling programme this year, this latest ground investigation contract will take place along a very challenging part of the route totalling over 15 miles which includes the dramatic rockface at Slochd.
“We hope to identify the preferred route for this section next year and these investigations will help inform the design work at the next stage.”