Skanska and the Highways Agency have finalised the contract for M1 junction 19, with full construction works due to start in early January 2014. The contract is worth £128.5 million with target completion of the project set for autumn/winter 2016-17.
The announcement marks another major milestone for the overall project to remodel the M1 Junction 19, following the successful completion of the £18 million replacement of Catthorpe Viaduct, in June 2012.
Currently, junction 19 suffers from congestion and delays, especially at peak periods. The project will lead to improved safety and journey reliability, separating local traffic from long-distance traffic.
The scope of works includes the construction of direct free-flow links easing traffic movements at the intersections linking the M1, M6 and A14. The junction will be built on three levels, to a height similar to that of the existing junction. The scheme also includes refurbishment works to local roads.
Commenting on the announcement, Skanska Executive Vice-President Bill Hocking said:
“This is a complex project at the intersection of two major motorways and we are delighted to agree the final target cost with the Highways Agency.
“We are very much looking forward to working with the Highways Agency and starting on site in January.”