Major construction work on the A43 Corby Link Road has taken another step closer with the Department for Transport confirming their funding contribution towards this project.
With the announcement of Full Funding Approval, the appointment of a contractor is expected within the next three weeks with works scheduled to start on site in early June 2012. The road is expected to open to traffic in early 2014.
Cllr Jim Harker, Leader of Northamptonshire County council, said: “The A43 Corby Link Road is a major highway scheme that has been developed over many years by the county council and remains a high priority with the aim of improving transport links between Corby and the A14.
“It will also help to facilitate economic and population growth in the north of the county, in and around Corby and will relieve the A43 at Geddington of through traffic.
“The people of Geddington have been campaigning for a bypass for over forty years and will be enormously relieved that it is, at last, about to happen.”
The A43 Corby Link Road will involve the construction of 6.5km of dual carriageway, between the A6003, just south of Barford Bridge and the Stanion roundabout at the junction of the A43 / A6116 to the south east of Corby.
Planning permission has already been granted for the road and all of the compulsory purchase orders and side roads orders are in place. Therefore, the scheme has followed all the necessary statutory procedures required to date.
The Government is contributing £20.594m, with the council being responsible for funding the remainder of the £34million scheme with section 106 contributions making up the total cost of £33.958m.
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