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Bidders chosen for Dalkeith bypass

CONTRACTS - EDINBURGH

A SCOTTISH road project that has taken years to get off the ground has finally produced a shortlist of bidders.

Laing O'Rourke, Morgan Est and a joint venture of Morrison/Hochtief have all been chosen by the Scottish Executive to bid for the £30 million A68 Dalkeith Northern Bypass Sir Robert McAlpine pre-qualified for the work in September, but did not make it to tender.

The road will provide a much-needed bypass to keep traffic out of Dalkeith on the outskirts of Edinburgh. The route currently has up to 100,000 lorries travelling on it each year.

Work on the new road was originally planned to start in the mid-1990s but was put on hold after the Strategic Roads Review in 1999.

Work on the 5 km single carriageway is due to start next August and finish by summer 2008.