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Highways Agency starts contractor hunt for accelerated A160/180 road widening job

The Highways Agency has issued a contract notice seeking a contractor to carry out the £81M widening of A160/180 in north Lincolnshire.

The project was one of four identified in the Autumn Statement to trial new ways of working that will speed up the delivery of road schemes. The government expects this project to be delivered 25% quicker than would be usual for such a scheme.

The A160 is the principal route to the Port of Immingham from the A180, which carries on to Grimsby and the Port of Grimsby. As such, the A160 and A180 routes provide a strategic link between these ports and the national road network.

The A160 currently consists of a single carriageway for approximately 2km from its junction with the A180 to Habrough Road Roundabout, then 2.5km of dual carriageway to Manby Road Roundabout. There is also 0.7km of single carriageway from Manby Road Roundabout as a non-trunk road (Humber Road) to the dock gate entrance of the Port of Immingham.

The key improvements are an upgrading of Brocklesby Junction to an oval two bridge roundabout layout; improving the single carriageway section of the A160 to dual carriageway standard; relocating Habrough Roundabout; and provision of a new carriageway system between Manby Road Roundabout, Rosper Road Junction and the Port of Immingham, requiring construction of a new link road and bridge beneath the railway.

The contract notice values at the work at between £55M and £81M and has set a contract duration of 40 months from contract award.

The Agency will use its Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) form of contract. Contractors have been told that they will not be expected to carry out design, with the design team either remaining with the Agency or being novated across to the successful contractor. As a result they have told not to submit prequalification applications as a joint venture with a designer.

Invitations to tender will be issued in February.

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