The Allicso consortium is made up of Colas Rhône-Alpes Auvergne, DTP Terrassement and Bouygues Travaux Publics Régions France as well as SEIEF/EPI2 and CSO Investissement. The contract was signed with the local authority in Allier.
Construction will be handled by a consortium consisting of Colas Rhône-Alpes Auvergne (the consortium leader, with a 34% interest), Bouygues Travaux Publics Régions France (33%) and DTP Terrassement (33%). This work, which totals €54m (£47m), mainly involves the construction of a 18.6-km two-lane expressway, 16 civils structures including a bridge over the River Allier and eight hydraulic structures. After completion of a four-month design phase, construction work will begin in March 2012 and will last 18 months.
Major maintenance and refurbishment, standard maintenance and upkeep of the bypass will be entrusted for 15 years to Colas Rhône-Alpes Auvergne, which will be responsible for road surfaces and equipment, and to Bouygues Travaux Publics Régions France, which will be responsible for civil engineering structures.
The Allicso project is focused on environmental protection, in particular reducing impacts on biodiversity, and involves the participation of local SMEs and getting people back into work.