THE Highways Agency is to spend an additional 150,000 increasing the spans of four bridges on the route of the proposed Newbury bypass to ensure special interest sites on the Kennet and Lambourne rivers are not disturbed.
The announcement came as bailiffs prepared to move in to evict protesters who have taken up illegal residence on site.
The bridge-widening exercise will be priced with the main contract and will not delay the mid-March tender return date for the scheme.
Bailiffs are expected to move in soon to repossess the first illegal residences, says the Under Sheriff of Berkshires office.
Once cleared, the site will be handed back to the contractor, which will then be responsible for security.
Despite allegations from protesters that they have previously been illegally evicted, the Highways Agency claims that these will be the first official evictions.
The agency said that building the bypass would remove up to 30,000 vehicles a day from the centre of Newbury as well as saving 28 lives and 2,000 casualties in the first 30 years it is open.
Bailiffs and police this week cleared 72 anti-motorway protesters perched in trees on the route of the M66 on the border of Tameside and Oldham in Manchester.