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More than £300 million worth of major road schemes in Scotland were given the green light by Scottish secretary Ian Lang last week.Thirteen new contracts have been highlighted to start during the next three years.The projects include continued upgrading of the A1 and A74, and the completion of the Central Scotland motorway network.Mr Lang is hoping private contractors will come forward with plans to design, build and operate some of the new routes.He said: 'This is an ambitious programme requiring substantial levels of investment.'The Government sees an increasing role for private sector finance and management skills and a number of projects are now at construction, being developed or explored in line with the private finance initiative.'Seven major road schemes were completed in Scotland last year at a total cost of more than £100 million. And a further 17 projects worth £370 million are now under construction, including eight schemes together costing more than £240 million to upgrade the A74 to motorway. CONSTRUCTION NEWS