FINAL interviews for a £30 million deal to build a relief road in Dorset began this week.
Birse, which has linked up with consultant WSP, is up against a Skanska/Owen Williams pairing for the job to build the Weymouth Relief Road for Dorset County Council after a third team, Balfour Beatty, failed to make the cut for the Early Contractor Involvement deal. Nuttall and Carillion dropped out earlier this year.
The project will see a road built linking the A354 Manor Roundabout near Radipole to the A354 Dorchester Road at the top of Ridgeway Hill.
A contract award is expected in the next few weeks, with construction work anticipated to start in 2007.