|Stirling Eastern Distributor Road|
|Distance:||0.8 miles (1.3 km)|
|Met:||M9, M80, A80, A9|
|Now part of:||A91|
|Route outline (key)|
Definitely the most unassuming piece of tarmac ever to hold status as one of the 'First 99', the initial allocation of the A99 number belonged to three quarters of a mile of road just outside Stirling, constructed in 1974.
It started at Pirnhall Interchange on the then-A80, which marked the northern end of the M80 and southern end of the M9 Stirling bypass (that road would soon be extended in the direction of Falkirk to fill in the gap in the motorway). The A99 then ran northeastwards to the A9 at Greencornhills Roundabout in Bannockburn. Although an ostensibly temporary link between the incomplete motorway and the all-purpose route it was bypassing, it was always intended to be part of something greater, namely the Stirling Eastern Distributor Road, itself a bypass for Stirling and Bannockburn.
The A99 designation hung around until the remainder of the Eastern Distributor was completed in the late 1980s. The rest of the route was built from the northern end, with the crossing of the River Forth seeing the A91 extended to meet the A905 before the final connection to the A9 was completed at which point the A99 was renumbered as part of of the A91 and the A99 number fell into disuse for a short period before being revived in Caithness for an altogether different road.
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