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29Apr93 UK: DOT UNLOCKS A13 UPGRADES.

Work worth £100 million-plus is set to go ahead on the A13 in Essex.This comes after the Department of Transport finally received the all-clear for a £16.5 million advance works contract for the estimated £60 million Heathway/Wennington trunk road scheme.The DoT said the contract had been held up because of last year's general election and by surveys into land contamination.A section crosses Rainham Marshes, which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and there were also concerns about the bird breeding season there.Now these issues have been resolved and the DoT is expected to send out tender documents next month for the advance works.The main scheme will be divided into two sections. Documents for the first (west of Heathway to Thames Avenue) will be sent out next March; paperwork for the second (Thames Avenue to Wennington) is due out in July 1993.And work on another section of the project, Wennington to Mar Dyke, is now expected to start the following year, with the entire scheme scheduled to finish in 1996. CONSTRUCTION NEWS