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17Feb94 UK: FIVE VIE FOR 'ADVANCE' A74 PHASE.

The Scottish Office has sent out an 'advance package' of documents for the next stretch of its A74 upgrading programme - the £17 million phase two of the Ecclefechan-Eaglesfield project.The package is understood to contain a design brief. Full-scale tender documents will follow.Unusually, only five contractors appear to be in the hunt so far for this section - eight has been the norm for A74 schemes.It could be that because phase two involves a substantial design and build element, and therefore high tendering costs, the Scottish Office has chosen to pare down the number of contenders.The list includes West Lothian firm Farrans, tendering for the first time on the A74.Others are: Fife Construction (formerly Tractor Shovels), Morrison, Miller (which is working on phase one of the Ecclefechan-Eaglesfield scheme) and Shanks and McEwan. CONSTRUCTION NEWS