The much anticipated Den Realignment on the A737 has taken a major step forward with a contract notice inviting bids from construction companies.
The A737 Den Realignment project involves an upgrade to approximately one kilometre of the existing A737 between Beith and Dalry, including new junctions. The notice, submitted for publication in Public Contract Scotland comes hot on the heels of the £31.2 million A737 Dalry Bypass contract awarded two weeks ago.
Minister for Transport and Islands, Humza Yousaf said:
“I welcome the publication of the contract notice for The Den, which follows on from contract awarded to construct the A737 Dalry Bypass.
“This highlights the significant progress we are making towards improving the A737. The investment will deliver upon completion a number of benefits for local North Ayrshire communities as well as road users travelling longer distances.”
Added Kenneth Gibson:
“I am delighted that construction of the Dalry Bypass will now go full steam ahead and that it will be followed by the building of the Den Realignment.
“The Dalry Bypass is key to improving connectivity and encouraging investment into the Three Towns, whilst making Dalry safer and more attractive to both residents and visitors.
“Enhanced road safety was a major factor in taking forward the Den Realignment.”
The construction of both A737 projects will mostly take place away from the existing road.
The construction value of the A737 Den Realignment contract is approximately £5 million. Interested parties will be shortlisted in the summer and contract award expected in spring 2018.