Preparation work for the construction of a £126m dual carriageway in Leeds will start this month, despite the collapse of the scheme’s original preferred bidder Carillion in January.
Leeds City Council is yet to appoint a new contractor for the project, but has insisted that the timetable for the overall delivery of the 7km dual carriageway would not be disrupted despite a delay to the start of work on the outer ring road.
Utilities diversions will be carried out by existing providers at two junctions to allow improvements to the current outer ring road to be made ahead of the construction of the East Leeds Orbital Road (ELOR) next year.
That improvement work was expected to begin this month, but the council was unable give a date for when a new contractor would be appointed.
The local authority had to restart the procurement process after Carillion, which was the preferred bidder for the £14M advanced works contract and had early contractor involvement to progress the plans, was forced into compulsory liquidation.
The scheme was given a boost when Compulsory Purchase Orders and Side Road Orders for land assembly were confirmed at a Leeds City Council meeting last week.
Funding for the improvements to prepare five existing junctions for future demand and to address congestion issues was approved by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority last month.
The proposed dual carriageway will include five new crossings, five new roundabouts and a 9.8ha country park to the east. Construction is expected to take about three years.
Consultant WSP took the scheme to planning permission, which was granted by the City Plans Panel on 23 November last year. The road development is part of the wider East Leeds Extension that is expected to deliver 5,000 homes.