Skanska to upgrade M1 J19 for £128m


Skanska to upgrade M1 J19 for £128m


Skanska has been involved in the project since 2004 as part of Highway Agency’s early contractor participation initiative, with Jacobs having the role of design consultant to deliver detailed design and control costs. At the time, the delayed project had a preliminary date of completion by early 2010.


The project was amongst the ones whose start date was moved forward in last year’s Budget.


The construction works are now scheduled to begin in January 2014 and expected completion date is at the end of 2016 or early 2017.


M1 Junction 19 is a major UK road intersection with a constant heavy traffic; more than 142,000 vehicles a day pass through this junction. The range of improvement works includes the construction of direct free-flow links, easing traffic movements at the intersections linking the M1, M6 and A14.


The scheme also involves renovation works to three nearby roads, which will have an overall effect of improving safety and journey reliability.


According to Skanska, finalising this contract marks a major step forward for the overall project to remodel the M1 Junction 19, following the completion of the £18m replacement of Catthorpe Viaduct in June 2012.


Skanska executive vice-president, Bill Hocking, commented: “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.”