Dawnus Construction has been awarded a £10m contract to build a 2.7km replacement road in south Devon.
The Exeter-based contractor will build a new 2.7km stretch of the B3193 around Sibelco UK’s mineral mining plant in Kingsteignton, south Devon.
When completed the replacement road will give Sibelco access to ball clay reserves under the existing route.
It will also deliver major safety improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, which currently have to pass through the mining plant where heavy machinery crosses the road.
Construction is due to start in July 2013 for completion by autumn 2014.
Dawnus regional director Rob Williams said: “We are delighted to be working with Sibelco on this challenging civil engineering scheme which permits the continued expansion of operations for this major local employer.
“Regionally we have a very strong civil engineering team, several of whom live within the local community, and they are excited at the prospect of getting the site up and running in the next few weeks,” he added.
Sibelco’s resources director Gary Stringer commented: “We are confident they can deliver the new road on time, on budget and with complete consideration for the sensitive manner in which the work has to be carried out.”
The scheme was given the go ahead earlier this year after Natural England said it was satisfied with the extensive environmental protection measures.
Work will take bat migration routes, badger sets and dormice habitats into account.
Surplus topsoil will be recovered for use in the reclamation of adjacent quarry tips and flood alleviation will be a priority.