The new road will serve Broadland, Norfolk, and improve access to North Norfolk and Norwich International Airport, with better links to Great Yarmouth and the south of the region. It is also expected to bring relief on congested and smaller roads around the north and east of Norwich, and improve capacity for future growth in jobs and housing.
Balfour Beatty will construct the new 19.6km dual carriageway, including nine new roundabouts, seven new bridges, an underpass and a more complex two level junction.
The new dual carriageway will run from the A1067 Fakenham Road, crossing the A140 at Norwich International Airport and joining the A47 at Postwick, at the eastern end of Norwich Southern Bypass.
Balfour Beatty was awarded the early contractor involvement (ECI) phase of the NNDR scheme in 2009 and has since then been working with Norfolk County Council on design development, construction feasibility advice and development of the scheme’s target cost. Balfour Beatty is already working on Norfolk County Council’s £27 million Postwick junction project which will join the NNDR with the A47 trunk road.
Construction work will start this winter and is scheduled for completion in late 2017. A workforce of over 500 will be employed on the project at construction peak.
Balfour Beatty chief executive Leo Quinn said: “This project draws on Balfour Beatty’s expertise in successfully partnering with local authorities to deliver large, complex infrastructure projects. We have extensive proven experience of major road schemes, from the ECI phase through to concept and construction programme development and a strong relationship with Norfolk County Council having collaborated on this project over the last six and a half years.”