Work on a multi-million pound bypass will be completed by council teams after the collapse of the contractors employed to carry out the work.
The £13.4 million congestion-easing bypass for Woodville ground to a halt earlier this month after contractors (NMCN) fell into administration.
Work on the road, which is set to benefit residents and commuters in Ashby, Coalville and the wider North West Leicestershire community, was left in the lurch as a result of NMCN’s collapse, but now county councillors in Derbyshire have vowed to get it over the line with the help of its own highways team, reports the Leicester Mercury.
Measuring almost a mile in length, the bypass’ main aim is to cut congestion at Woodville’s Tollgate Island, a notoriously overcrowded road which can see tailbacks stretch over the county boundary line on the A511 Ashby Road.
Central to the county council’s ‘Woodville to Regeneration Route’, the work will also see the construction of 300 new homes and commercial units along the route of the bypass – a move that is expected to create upwards of 3,100 jobs.
Councillor Carolyn Renwick, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for Infrastructure and Environment, said: “It’s sad to hear that North Midland Construction North Ltd has entered administration and we’d like to thank them for their work on the project to date.”
“We’re pleased we’re able to step in and complete the project which will pave the way for regeneration in South Derbyshire and open up opportunities for new housing and business development.”