Highways England has awarded contracts worth £ 285m to modernize major concrete roof roads across the country. Morgan Sindall Infrastructure and Sisk is set up under a £ 218m reconstruction, with design and build powers to demolish concrete surfaces in poor condition and replace them with modern materials. A separate £ 67m life cycle extension tire has been awarded to VolkerFitzpatrick, Colas, Dyer & Butler and Tarmac, which will provide repairs to extend the service life of concrete surfaces on highways and A major roads. The decision to split work into separate contracts was announced in April of last year. According to the body, about 600 miles of the expressway network and highways have a concrete surface, concentrated in the eastern side of the country and especially in the northeast and southeast, Yorkshire and East Anglia. The two awards come after Aecom and Atkins were appointed in January for a £ 39m design framework that will see consultancy undertake design, supervision and project management for both life extension and replacement of concrete roadworks. Highways England has said its five-year, £ 400m program will repair or replace concrete roads typically built in the 1960s and 1970s. The work is due to be completed in 2025, and the work falls under the Second Roads Investment Strategy (RIS2) that was published last year. The agency said work has already been carried out to extend the life of the A11, A12 and A14 concrete sections, with other A11 and A12 divisions slated for treatment in the summer before major work on the A11 in the fall. She added that the lessons learned during these actions will benefit the larger project. “This is the largest physical road regeneration program we have ever started,” said Martin Fellows, Regional Highway Manager for England. “This massive regeneration program, which is part of our £ 27 billion investment in the country’s roads, will help ensure that the country’s road network is fit for the future,” said Transport Minister Baroness Ferry. Highways in England said that the refilled roads would be quieter and smoother, as well as easier to maintain, and therefore safer. She added that it will work with contractors to recycle and reuse the materials “wherever possible”. Britpave, the British cement paving association, has argued that concrete roads offer environmental benefits over asphalt and mounted on top of concrete roads. In 2019, it highlights Canadian research that found a stiffer surface had fuel savings for heavy cargo vehicles.