Lancashire County Council has invited seven contractors to bid for the opportunity to build the £137M Heysham to M6 link road.
The seven firms invited to tender are Bam Nuttall, Balfour Beatty/Birse, Costain, Laing O’Rouke, Morgan Est, Roadbridge/Sisk joint venture and Skanska.
Project manager Steve McCreesh said: “It is important to us to get the right contractor on board. We want a firm that will deliver on time and on budget as well as working with local people to maximise the benefits and minimise the inconvenience to them.
“We want a contractor that has done this before and has an excellent track record. That’s why we have to consider both quality and price.”
Tenders will be due back towards the end of January and the successful contractor will then work with the county council to look in detail at the construction sequence of the road. A series of meetings will be held with local organisations and residents to find out what worries them about the building of the road and what can be done to prevent problems.
Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, County Councillor Keith Young, said: “This road is vital to the area in terms of relieving congestion and providing the chance for regeneration. It provides significant benefits to local communities, such as air quality benefits to Carnforth and flood relief to Slyne. It is a substantial investment in the area and I am determined to ensure the money is well spent.”