Cheshire East Council is to shortly begin procuring for a design-and-build contractor to deliver the £90m Congleton link road, and is assessing methods to allow preparatory works to start in January 2018.
The council’s cabinet is meeting today to choose the preferred method of selecting a build partner for “the single largest infrastructure project the council has undertaken to date”.
The 5.7km road was granted planning consent in June and compulsory purchase work has begun for the land assembly.
Half the cost is due to be covered by £45m of growth deal funding, a further £23m from developers, leaving the council with £22m to find from its own budgets which the council agreed to in principle earlier this year.
The route will run to the north of Congleton, south of Eaton. It will link the A534 Sandbach Road, near its junction with Sandy Lane, to the A536 Macclesfield Road, near its junction with Moss Lane and provide a new village crossing at the river Dane.
Due to the scale of the project, the road will need to be the subject of a public inquiry and approved by the Secretary of State.
Cheshire East plans to begin the procurement exercise prior to the public inquiry, in order to allow for a faster start on site should the project receive Government sign-off.