The A75 Dunragit Bypass scheme, estimated at £16m value, comprises three miles of new road. The four shortlisted bidders for this scheme are:
- Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering
- Carillion Construction
- John Graham (Dromore)
- RJ McLeod (Contractors).
The shortlist has also been announced for a scheme to improve the A77 between Symington to Bogend Toll by replacing at grade junctions with grade separated flyover junctions. This contract is also estimated at £16m value. The shortlisted bidders are:
- RJ McLeod (Contractors)
- South West Highways
- John Paul Construction
- Farrans (Construction.
Procurement of the £20m A75 Hardgrove scheme gets underway on 30 July with the publication of the OJEU notice inviting expressions of interest from contractors.
Construction of all three schemes is expected to start early in 2013 and be completed during 2014.
Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “On completion, these new overtaking opportunities will enhance journey time reliability and improve safety while supporting local communities. By enhancing routes such as the A75 and the A77, we are making real safety improvements by reducing the frustration often caused by congestion or slow moving traffic.
“By also improving connectivity , we can also make Scotland an attractive option for business, leisure and tourism.”
Alongside delivering these upgrades, planning is also being taken forward for the future upgrade of the A77 as set out in the Scottish government’s Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR).
As part of this work, Halcrow has been awarded a £200,000 contract for a study between Meiklewoood and Smithston to identify what upgrades are required to key junctions and links along this 22 mile stretch of the A77.
A contract has also been awarded to Amey for preparatory work on the A75 scheme and this gets underway this month. The work will provide further ground information to the contractors bidding for the construction of the scheme.