Cornwall County Council has launched the procurement process for a contractor to carry out its A30 Temple to Higher Carblake Improvement scheme.
The current estimate for total project costs is £60m. Estimated value of the main works contract is £33m. It was given the go-ahead in the government’s 2012 autumn statement.
The scheme involves the upgrading of the existing 4.5km stretch of single carriageway road to a dual carriageway standard, with the provision of three new grade separated junctions with over bridges.
The Temple to Higher Carblake section lies midway between Launceston and Bodmin, on the edge of Bodmin Moor. This section of road is currently a single carriageway with right turn lanes for the most significant junctions and some climbing lanes to allow overtaking.
The council says that it is “the only non-dual carriageway section of trunk road and motorway between mid-Cornwall and central Scotland”.
It adds: “Improving this section of the A30 from one to two lanes in each direction has been an aspiration of Cornwall Council for nearly 25 years.”
Cornwall Council is acting as scheme promoter on behalf of the Highways Agency and the Department for Transport throughout the scheme's duration under delegated powers of a Section 6 of the Highways Act 1980 Agreement.
The works are anticipated to start in autumn 2014 and take 27 months to complete.