Balfour Beatty has been announced as the preferred contractor to build the £104 million Norwich northern distributor road by Norfolk County Council.The road is designed to connect Broadland to the rest of the county, as well as improving access to North Norfolk and Norwich International Airport. It is also hoped that the project will provide better links to Great Yarmouth and the south of the region.At 19.6 km long, the road is also intended to relieve congestion around minor roads to the north and east of Norwich, which can get very busy at peak times.Balfour Beatty chief executive Leo Quinn said: “This project draws on Balfour Beatty’s expertise in successfully partnering with local authorities to deliver large, complex infrastructure projects.“We have extensive proven experience of major road schemes, from the early contractor involvement phase through to concept and construction programme development and a strong relationship with Norfolk County Council having collaborated on this project over the last six and a half years.”The construction work is set to begin before spring, and should be completed by the end of 2017. Balfour Beatty expect to employ a workforce of approximately 500 in relation to the project.It is already working on Norfolk’s £27 million Postwick junction project, which will join the Norwich northern distributor road with the A47 trunk road once the work is completed.As part of the project, Balfour Beatty will construct nine new roundabouts, seven new bridges, an underpass and a complex two-level junction to take the road along its designated route.The road will be a new dual carriageway between the A1067 Fakenham Road and the A47 at Postwick, at the eastern end of Norwich Southern Bypass. Its route will take it across the A140 at Norwich International Airport.
Balfour Beatty wins Norwich road deal
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