Perth and Kinross Council has appointed Sweco UK as the lead consultant on the £113m Cross Tay Link Road project on the outskirts of Perth.
The scheme will create a third crossing over the River Tay and is one of four phases of the Perth Transport Futures Project.
Phase two of the overall project will include the realignment of a section of the A9 trunk road, the provision of a new bridge across the River Tay and railway line, the creation of a new grade separated junction on the A9 and a new 6km link road connecting the A9 with the A93 and A94.
The consultancy contract for phase two, which Sweco has bagged, is valued at £3.5m.
Cllr Colin Stewart, convener of the council’s environment, enterprise and infrastructure committee, said: ‘Phase 2 of the project will see the creation of a much needed third bridge over the River Tay which will help to take the pressure off the city infrastructure and improve traffic movement and air quality.’
Sweco’s Glasgow and Edinburgh offices will deliver the project, which will include infrastructure design, site investigations, drainage and flood assessments, public utility liaison and design, as well as environmental impact, archaeological and ecological studies.
It will also support Perth & Kinross Council through the planning application and tendering and procurement process, and will remain involved in a project management and site supervision role until its conclusion.
Sweco UK operations manager, Chris Cardno, said: ‘This is a great opportunity for us to utilise our multi-disciplinary approach and UK-wide expertise to deliver another extremely important infrastructure project in Scotland.’
Design of the Cross Tay Link Road is due to be completed in mid-2019, with a planning application submitted later that year. If approved, construction is due to commence in 2021 and expected to be completed in 2023.
The council has not appointed a contractor yet and is still carrying out the scoping works.
Perth Transport Futures Project
Phase 1 A9/A85 Junction Improvement and Link Road to Bertha Park
Phase 2 Cross Tay Link Road (CTLR) – A9 to the A93 and A94
Phase 3 Bertha Park North Link to A9 (Linking Phases 1 and 2)
Phase 4 Associated City improvements such as traffic management measures and measures to further develop the cycling, walking and public transport networks in and around Perth to encourage travel by more sustainable modes.