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Amey and Laing have for the first time appeared on the tender lists for a section of the Scottish Office's A74(M) project.The firms are among eight contractors vying for the latest part of the scheme - the £12 million phase two Ecclefechan-Eaglesfield stretch.Others in the hunt are Morrison, Farrans, Fife Contractors, Miller, Balfour Beatty and Shanks and McEwan.All contenders must produce a conforming lump-sum fixed-price bid, but have the option of also working up two alternative tenders.The first is for a components redesign; the second calls for the contractors to take responsibility for a complete redesign.Work is expected to start on site next month and last about 18 months.The project includes about 4 km of dual four-lane highway, two underbridges and two overbridges.The scheme will link to Ecclefechan-Eaglesfield phase one, being undertaken by Miller, and to the troubled Eaglesfield-Kirkpatrick Fleming section to the south, being carried out by Italian joint venture Castelli-Girola.Consulting engineer is Babtie Shaw and Morton. CONSTRUCTION NEWS