Work on a north section of a national cycle route is to begin today for three weeks as part of a £250,000 investment.
The project, which will focus on a stretch of the route just longer than 2.6miles, is to link Dalnaspidal and Dalwhinnie, creating a smoother and safer journey for those operating to travel by bike.
The work is being undertaken on the National Cycle Network Route 7 (NCN7), which runs between Sunderland and Inverness, with sections running parallel to the A9 trunk road between Perth and Inverness.
Bollards and other measures to prevent illegal access by motorised vehicles are also to be included alongside the resurfacing works in a bid to extend the life of the newly relayed surface.
Work on the project will take place between 7am and 7pm each day, with no work being undertaken on weekends.
To allow work to be conducted, and to protect the workforce, sections of the route will be temporarily closed during the week, but will reopen at the weekend.
A phased approach is being undertaken to minimise disruption, with information boards relaying information of alternative routes to cyclists.
Eddie Ross, Bear Scotland’s north west representative, said: “The £250,000 investment from Transport Scotland will allow our teams to carry out this essential resurfacing project at this section of the NCN7, greatly improving the condition and safety of the route in this area.
“Our teams will look to do all they can to complete the project as quickly and safely as possible.
“We thank cycle track users and the local community in advance for their patience while we carry out the project, which will help create a much-improved surface on this section of the NCN7.”
Contractors have advised that as the diversion route around the closure is likely to involve travelling on the A9, a free shuttle service will be provided between the closure points for cycle track users who do not wish to travel on the A9 trunk road.