A9 - Berriedale Braes

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Re: A9 - Berriedale Braes

Post by KeithW » Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:13

haggishunter wrote:
Sussex_Wolf wrote:The scheme is an improvement certainly, but lacking the ambition that our European neighbours would apply to the same problem. The Norwegians would have built a beautiful flowing road all the way to Wick, and bored a tunnel to Orkney by now!
The estate on who's land a completely new alignment would have to pass commission some research into options a number of years ago and while there is still strong public support for a high level viaduct, the research indicated that it would very regularly be closed to High Sided vehicles due to topographic funnelling of the wind, thus the very vehicles that have the biggest problem with the braes and the hairpin bends would regularly have to use them when the viaduct was restricted.

Am slightly disappointed that the improvement that is planned isn't being done as 2+1 though.
While not ideal this would still be better than the current situation. 3 years ago I was stuck there for two hours after a caravan was clipped by a truck on the tightest hairpin.

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Re: A9 - Berriedale Braes

Post by The Devil's Armpit » Wed Apr 13, 2016 20:30

Sussex_Wolf wrote:The scheme is an improvement certainly, but lacking the ambition that our European neighbours would apply to the same problem. The Norwegians would have built a beautiful flowing road all the way to Wick, and bored a tunnel to Orkney by now!
Indeed, or maybe a Caledonian version of the Millau Viaduct towering above Berriedale like a shimmering gossamer fairy bridge. { Ooo, hark at me, I can get quite Byronesque at times after a few beers]

Gone are the days of innovative Scottish transport infrastructure like the Glenfinnan Viaduct and The Forth Rail Bridge.

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Re: A9 - Berriedale Braes

Post by Glen » Wed Dec 21, 2016 14:22

Following the pubic inquiry, the Scottish Government have given the go-ahead for the planned upgrade at Berriedale.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-h ... s-38390654

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Re: A9 - Berriedale Braes

Post by clc » Wed Dec 21, 2016 17:18

Glen wrote:Following the pubic inquiry, the Scottish Government have given the go-ahead for the planned upgrade at Berriedale.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-h ... s-38390654
The budget document stated that procurement would start in 2017/18 subject to completion of statutory procedures.

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Re: A9 - Berriedale Braes

Post by clc » Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:24

Full steam ahead with procurement then!

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Re: A9 - Berriedale Braes

Post by clc » Thu Aug 31, 2017 19:38

Procurement started today! :D

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Re: A9 - Berriedale Braes

Post by rachandsarai » Tue Feb 06, 2018 22:08

Glen wrote:
rileyrob wrote:Whilst an exact location doesn't seem to have been reported in the press as yet, local information is that it was a local haulier on the steep hill at Berriedale.
The accident with the Cormack's truck was at the bend at the bottom of the south hill, right under the escape lane.

Given they had passed the escape lane, I would suggest that driver error was more likely than mechanical failure, although I expect an FAI will find out in more detail what the cause was likely to have been.

Berriedale acident.jpg
Oh I remember when that happened. Never saw the lorry but I saw when I went past it few years back on where the lorry had tipped over. I can't remember was it when the traffic lights stopped working that one-time and the comes were still there?
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Re: A9 - Berriedale Braes

Post by David D Miller » Fri Jan 11, 2019 13:14

Contract awarded for improvement to the hairpin. Construction expected to start later this year and complete in 2020.
https://www.scottishconstructionnow.com ... nt-project

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Re: A9 - Berriedale Braes

Post by rachandsarai » Sat Jan 12, 2019 06:35

This is the route map for Berriedale. Sorry it's a long link from Facebook but it shows what the road will look like plus labels saying what parts are what.
http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2 ... ScmcRA&s=1
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