WIGAN Council is starting the hunt for bidders to deliver a £22m link road project.
The new 2.5km dual carriageway will connect the A49 to a new housing estate and employment site, Westwood Park, following the route of the old railway line from the newly completed roundabout on Warrington Road.
This is a version of the road plan original designed for the ill-feted Chinamex textile research centre at Westwood and will provide a new high-capacity route into Wigan town centre from the south of the borough
The proposed A49 Link Road project includes three major structures to bridge existing watercourses, canals and a primary road and will improve two junctions along the A49 and pave the way for housing projects at Pemberton Park and Wigan Arc.
The Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) notice for bidders to express an interest was published on October 17 and will end on November 24.
It is aimed that a preferred bidder will be appointed in April next year, with the hope that works will start on site in mid-September 2015 with a maximum contract period of two years.
Terry Dunn, director of environment at Wigan Council, said: “The proposed A49 Goose Green to Westwood Park link road will provide a quality route to provide enhanced access for businesses and support economic growth in the borough.”
Firms have until November 24 to complete the tender process and can obtain more information from the website www.the-chest.org.uk/procontract/supplier.nsf/frm_home?openForm
This is just one of many works to improve transport links in the borough.
Residents were recently invited to give their views on other schemes, including replacing Marus Bridge roundabout - which restricts traffic flows in and out of the borough via the M6 Junction 25 - with a four-way traffic light-controlled junction.
The council is also planning to upgrade the Clapgate Lane/Warrington Road junction at Goose Green.