Galliford Try has won a £24M contract to construct a new M49 junction in Avonmouth near Bristol.
The junction will have a two bridge design using an existing crossing at Farm Lane with a second built next to it. The bridges will be incorporated into a single roundabout that spans the motorway with new access and exit slip roads built on both sides of the junction so that it connects fully with northbound and southbound traffic.
The scheme was announced in February and the contract was awarded under the Collaborative Development Framework. Preparatory works will start before Christmas and construction will begin in the new year.
Highways England South West regional delivery director Nick Aldworth said: “The contract announcement represents a major step, ahead of us starting work on a scheme which will bring real benefits to the South West economy.
“We recognise the strategic importance of the Avonmouth and Severnside Enterprise Area as a key regional employment site and that is why we are helping to unlock economic growth in the area by building this new junction.
“As well as boosting the local economy, the junction will also improve access to the regional road network and relieve traffic on local roads.”
Galliford Try highways business unit managing director Bob Gibbon added: “We’re delighted to be contracted for a much needed scheme that will bring far-reaching benefits.
“We have considerable experience of motorway work from our participation in the Smart Motorways programme and we will bring this to bear on the Avonmouth junction shceme.”