Transport Scotland is to extend the road maintenance contracts of Amey and Balfour Beatty by a further two years.
Amey's deal to maintain trunk roads in Scotland's South West region started in 2006, and will now continue from 31 March 2011 to 31 May 2012.
Scotland Transerv, a joint venture between Balfour Beatty and Mouchel, will have its contract for the North West extended over the same period.
However, the Bear Scotland team, which comprises Babtie Jacobs, Breedon Aggregates, and Ringway, is yet to find out if it has been given extensions for the South East and North East regions.
A decision on the renewal of these contracts will be announced next year, Transport Scotland said.
It added that arrangements for the next generation of contracts, which will start by 1 June 2012, are already being made. These will “promote innovation and collaboration”.
The procurement process for the new contracts in the North West and South West regions will commence shortly. A supplier information day will be held at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow on 12 October for interested bidders.
Jim Barton, Transport Scotland’s chief road engineer and director said: “Extending these contracts builds on the benefits already delivered including excellent value for money and efficiency savings on the previous contracts, for the public purse.
“The current contracts were developed in 2003 and much has changed since then with sustainability and climate change acting as key influencers in our road maintenance activities.
“This decision allows work to carry on as normal while we continue our efforts to ensure the new contracts reflect current best practice, offer opportunities for collaboration and deliver best value for money for the tax-payer.”