Between four and six contractors will be invited to tender for the contract in August, on the basis of their prequalification questionnaires. Work could start by the autumn,
Bury St Edmunds eastern relief road scheme consists of a 2.3km single carriageway with short connections to the existing network at new junctions. A 560-metrre length of existing road will require reconstruction. There will be five new roundabouts and alterations to the slip roads that connect with the Highways England A14.
Suffolk County Council said that the contract will be tendered as two options. The first will be the whole length and the second option will be to construct only the western 600 metres of the road and one roundabout.
The project is being substantially funded by housing developer Taylor Wimpey, which is building 550 homes at Moreton Hall. The eastern relief road will link the eastern edge of Moreton Hall to the A14 at Junction 45.