Balfour Beatty has secured a contract worth £108m ($130.8m) on behalf of Highways England for the construction of a dual carriageway that links the M67 with the A57 in Mottram Moor, Greater Manchester, the UK.

The scheme forms a key part of Highways England’s Regional Investment Programme, for which the firm was appointed two years ago through the Delivery Integration Partnership Framework.

Under the contract, Balfour Beatty will design and construct a dual and single lane carriageway and an underpass at Mottram Village.

The project is expected to tackle congestion between Manchester and Sheffield.

During the development phase, the project is expected to contribute to the local economy.

The firm will be involved in activities such as community engagement through school and employment workshops, reducing energy and fuel usage on site with the use of hybrid electric plant machinery, and implementing tailored recycling programmes to minimise waste on site and reduce potable water usage.

Meanwhile, a public consultation on this scheme is being planned for this winter (December to March) and a planning application is expected to be submitted in 2021.

On receipt of approval from the government, work on the project is expected to commence by spring (March to June) 2023.

Early design works will begin before this summer.

Balfour Beatty will provide more than 200 job opportunities during the peak of construction.

Balfour Beatty Highways business managing director Phil Clifton said: “Balfour Beatty, and our design partners, Atkins, are proud to be delivering this critical project to support economic growth in the North of England.”

The new dual carriageway will stretch from the end of the M67 (Junction 4), and pass through a new underpass to the north of Mottram in Longdendale, joining the A57 east of the junction with the A6018 (Black Moor).

In addition, a new single carriageway road is being planned to connect the A57 from Mottram Moor to Woolley Bridge.

In May, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in the US conditionally selected the joint venture (JV) of Fluor and Balfour Beatty to rehabilitate and widen a section of US 290 highway.