Jacobs has been awarded a £30 million design contract for the A96 dualling in Scotland.
Transport Scotland has announced its intention to award the contract for the Inverness to Nairn (including Nairn Bypass) scheme to Jacobs, subject to a mandatory standstill period.
Cabinet Secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities Keith Brown, said: “The Scottish government has given a clear commitment to dual the A96 which will see delivery of around 88 miles of upgraded road between Inverness and Aberdeen, a huge task but one we are relishing.
“Dualling the A96 requires careful, in-depth planning and design so that we deliver the right scheme and help tackle congestion, make journey times more reliable and, crucially, improve road safety.
“This £30m design contract for the 19-mile section between Inverness and Nairn which includes a bypass at Nairn, reinforces our determination to invest in this road and all of our city-to-city roads, to bring them up to full dual carriageway standard. Design work will start soon to develop the preferred option.”