Scottish Transport minister Keith Brown awarded the £12.9M job of creating an “intelligent transport system”, designed to regulate traffic flow, to Northern Ireland-based firm John Graham (Dromore).
The company will build the Fife section of a 21km corridor, extending from the M9’s junction 1 at Newbridge to the M90’s junction 3 at Halbeath.
As well as helping to control the traffic, the system provides motorists with minute-by-minute information through messages on signs.
Mr Brown said: “This important traffic management system will assist with traffic congestion, providing road users with traffic, lane and mandatory speed control information, improving road safety and helping improve journey time reliability across the Forth.
“It is also gratifying to note that the successful tender competition has resulted in a substantial saving on the anticipated cost of £15M to £22M, and provides excellent value for money for the public purse.
“This is the second of three major contracts to be awarded for the Forth Replacement Crossing scheme, which will not only safeguard our vital infrastructure link but is also essential for Scotland’s continued sustainable economic growth.”
The Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors consortium was the preferred bidder for the main contract for building the bridge, chosen back in April.
The third and final major piece of work, upgrading the M9’s junction 1a, is scheduled to be awarded in July.
The total estimated cost of the Forth Replacement Crossing (FRC) scheme is currently £1.47 - £1.62bn and it remains on schedule to be completed in 2016.