The British construction group Interserve has secured a contract worth £24m from Northamptonshire County Council to build the new A43 Corby link road. Site preparation works have already started; the main contract is due to begin in July.
The project, which is expected to be completed in early 2014, will improve transport links between Corby and the A14; support the growth of Corby; relieve the A43 at Geddington of through-traffic; reduce the number and severity of road accidents; and provide a high-quality route for through traffic.
Work under the contract involves the construction of approximately 6.5km of dual carriageway and three new bridges. Where the road crosses a valley, Interserve will accommodate the watercourse beneath it in a box culvert.
Extensive earthworks and piling will be required, with cuttings and embankments up to 10m deep and 8m high. The company will use local resources wherever possible and, in accordance with the council’s requirements to protect endangered species, will relocate bluebells and ancient hedgerows.
David Paterson, executive director at Interserve, said:
The A43 Corby link road will benefit both the local community and through traffic. The project will showcase our expertise in major civil works and our commitment to delivering such extensive developments sustainably. Our major projects team will work with local suppliers to achieve this.