Four consortia have been shortlisted for a £415 million package to improve the M8, M73 and M74 motorways in Scotland.
Scotia Roads Group, Scottish Roads Partnership, Connect Roads and Caledonia Roads Group are the four in the running for the works, which will include the completion of the motorway between Glasgow and Edinburgh, upgrades to the A8 Baillieston to Newhouse road and improvements to the M74 Raith interchange.
The successful contractor will also be expected to provide on-the-job training for apprentices, as well as local employment opportunities.
Commenting on the plans, cabinet secretary for infrastructure and capital investment Alex Neil said: "This kind of infrastructure project will undoubtedly boost the local and Scottish economy, supporting hundreds of local construction and supplier jobs.
"I am delighted to see such strong interest in this project from a host of world class contractors. Strong competition can only be good news for the taxpayer."
It is anticipated that the schemes will commence in late 2013 and be completed by 2017.
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