The single contract replaces 10 previous ones andhas an estimated value of more than £1bn
The contract starts on 1 April 2012 and runs for 10 years, with an option to extend it for up to five years.
Nine of the 10 current major highway contracts in Essex will expire on 31 March 2012, with the final contract terminating on 31 March 2013. All existing contracts to operate Essex’s highways will be replaced with one long-term partnership arrangement.
County councillor Tracey Chapman, cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: “Customer focus and improving core services are two of our top priorities, and the highways transformation programme will help us to achieve this. By joining forces with a strategic partner we will be combining the experience and best practice of the public and private sectors to deliver greater value for money for Essex residents.”