The contract will now run until March 2016 with the potential for a further year’s extension.
It was one of the contracts previously run by Atkins that transferred when Skanska took over Atkins’ highways business earlier this year.
Skanska employs 160 staff on the contract and maintains more than 6,000km of highway. Work undertaken by Skanska includes structural and routine maintenance, winter and emergency services, maintenance design and fleet maintenance.
The contract dates back to 1996 and is now the longest-running highways maintenance partnership in the UK. The current contract started in 2010, and this is the third term.
Skanska managing director for infrastructure services, Deirdre Murphy said: “The contract extension is great news for Skanska. We are committed to working with Somerset County Council to provide a responsive and high-quality highways maintenance service to the county.”
Skanska delivers other highways contracts in the southwest region, maintaining the Highways Agency’s road network as part of the Asset Support Contract Area 2, covering Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Dorset and Somerset, and highways maintenance for Bath & North East Somerset Council.