Birse Civils has been appointed as the main contractor to construct the £22 million Beverley southern relief road in Yorkshire.
The company, which is part of Balfour Beatty, has been asked to construct the 1.8 mile (2.9 km) route which will connect the A164 to the A1174 Hull Road near Figham.
The project, which forms part of the Beverley integrated transport plan, is designed to reduce traffic in the town especially around the historic Beverley Minster.
The scheme recently received the go-ahead from the Department for Transport and will also include improvements to the Grovehill junction, Swinemoor roundabout, Flemingate level crossing and signing works.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The appointment of a contractor for this important highways scheme is another significant milestone passed and in Birse Civils we have a Yorkshire contractor delivering the project, providing a timely boost for the local construction industry.”
Stephen Semple, project leader, Birse Civils added: “I am delighted that we have been appointed to deliver these high profile improvement works, which add to our growing portfolio within the Yorkshire region. Our experience in coordinating complex civil engineering works within a live highway environment will help ensure that disruption to the local community and travelling public is kept to a minimum.”
Works are scheduled to start in the summer and are expected to be complete by early 2015.