Skanska has been on board for the project since 2004, under the Highway Agency’s early contractor involvement initiative, with Jacobs as design consultant. At that time the delayed scheme was pencilled in for completion in early 2010.
Skanska UK has now signed a £128.5m contract with the Highways Agency and full construction works will finally begin on site in January 2014. Target completion is now set for December 2016 or early 2017.
The scope of works includes the construction of direct free-flow links, easing traffic movements at the intersections linking the M1, M6 and A14. More than 142,000 vehicles a day pass through this junction.
The scheme also includes refurbishment works to three local roads.
Skanska said that finalising this contract marked another major milestone for the overall project to remodel the M1 Junction 19, following the completion of the £18m replacement of Catthorpe Viaduct in June 2012.
Skanska executive vice-president Bill Hocking said: “This is a complex project at the intersection of two major motorways and we are delighted to agree the final target cost with the Highways Agency.”
The project's 10-year timetable to get to the starting line: