Halton Borough Council has issued an OJUE notice seeking contractors for prequalification for the £590 million Mersey Gateway Bridge.
Contracts will be awarded for the design, build, finance, maintenance and operation of the new river Mersey crossing which will be electronically tolled.
The government confirmed earlier this month that it will provide £470 million towards the construction of the Mersey Gateway bridge with work expected to begin in 2013 and is due to be open for traffic in 2016.
The scheme cost (including land) is almost £600m which the Department for Transport will support with a mixture of capital grant and continued revenue funding for PFI payments.
Work will involve the construction of approach roads on the north and south of the river as well as tolling services on the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge.
The £510m figure excludes land acquisition and advance works with maintenance operations expected to cost £12m each year as well as set-up costs of £20m and lifecycle costs over the 30-year period of £40m.
Planning permission was granted for the project in December 2010 and a consultation was launched by the Mersey Gateway Project through Halton Borough Council.
The centrepiece of the Mersey Gateway Project is a new six-lane toll bridge over the Mersey between the towns of Runcorn and Widnes.
Requests to participate must be received by 14 December at 12pm. Contact Steve Nicholson on 0151 4954091 for further information.