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The £29m Temple Sowerby Bypass scheme provided much needed improvements along the route of the A66 - a major east-west route connecting the A1, the North East of England, Teesside, and North Yorkshire with the M6 and the west coast of Cumbria. The scheme was part of the Highways Agency's early contractor involvement (ECI) programme.
Market segment: Roads
Institution of Civils Engineers Community Award 2008
Considerate Constructors Silver Award 2008
EnvironmentThe scheme's design allowed for the new bridge across the River Eden to cross over the river and it's immediate banks in one span to avoid encroachment into the area, designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC).
Benefits for the communityTraffic volumes of over 15,000 vehicles per day through the village of Temple Sowerby resulted in poor accident records and severe noise pollution and visual intrusion. This scheme has helped reduce this.
During construction, over £10m was spent on materials and services from the local community.
Early contractor involvement saw Skanska, together with our chosen design partner, undertake the design of 4.9 kilometres of dual carriageway comprising of two lanes in each direction and tapering down to one lane at the tie-in to the existing A66 trunk road.
New compact grade separated junctions at each end of the bypass were constructed, providing access to the village of Temple Sowerby, together with local access connections. Where the bypass route cuts across designated footpaths and bridleways, these were diverted across the bypass using existing footpaths and a new overbridge and underpass. A key feature of the scheme was the new three span bridge over the River Eden.
ClientGraham Dakin from the Highways Agency, commented during the construction phase: “Local people are playing their part in building the road and doing everything from the dry stone walling which is such a feature of the scheme to welcoming visitors to the site office. I am delighted that the bypass is producing a double benefit for Cumbria – a safe new road to benefit villages and money to help the local economy.”