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01Oct92 UK: GOVERNMENT GRANT GIVES ESSEX ROAD FRESH START.

Contractors have been asked in re-price a major road scheme in Essex now that the county council has managed to wrest a grant from the Department of Transport.Essex was forced to pull the plug on the full-blown £18 million version of the A133 Little Clacton bypass because last year the Government threw out the council's request for a grant.Contractors were several weeks into working up bids when they were told the project was on ice.However, the DTp subsequently offered to stump up a 50 per cent grant which enables a truncated version of the scheme - worth £10-11 million - to go ahead.Firms are now pricing the scheme, which includes about two-thirds of the original project. It involves 7.3km of single carriageway, four roundabouts, a railway bridge, two road bridges and a footbridge.Contenders will have to work up their bids from scratch, getting fresh prices from subcontractors.The new line-up includes Nuttall, Mowlem, Shephard Hill, Amey, HT Construction, Trafalgar House and Balfour Beatty, shortlisted from an original field or more than 40 applicants.Pre-tender meetings are now being held, with contestants having until November 9 to price the job, which should start early next year and last 20 months.