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03Feb94 UK: TARMAC'S BLACKBURN WIN.

Tarmac has won what will probably be the biggest road contract to be let this year - its tender price of £65.9 million has secured the M65 Blackburn Southern bypass in Lancashire.Work is expected to start on the first phase of the scheme by the end of this month or at the beginning of March, leading to about 500 construction jobs.Contract one covers about 8.8 km of motorway between the A654/A675 junction at Bamber Bridge, finishing at Riley Green.The Department of Transport job also includes 11 major bridges and two viaducts.Contenders for contract one included a joint venture between Sir Robert McAlpine and Miller. Others were Amec/Alfred McAlpine, Trafalgar House, Balfour Beatty and Laing.Tenders for contract two, also an 8.8 km stretch, will be invited during the summer and will link the bypass to the M65. CONSTRUCTION NEWS