Norfolk County Council awarded the contract for the design and construction of the Norwich Western Link to Ferrovial Construction.
The construction and engineering company has been behind projects such as Terminal T2 at Heathrow and the Thames Tideway Tunnel.
Proposals for the road, which will link the NDR to the A47 west of Norwich, have been controversial, with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the Norfolk Rivers Trust and the Norfolk branch of Captain to Protect Rural England among those fearful of its impact on wildlife. .
Springwatch presenter Chris Packham also spoke out against the project.
But NCC said there is “strong support” from the public, businesses and emergency services, including from Norwich International Airport, Chantry Place and the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce.
Council leaders said the program will boost Norfolk’s economy and curb the rat race in places like Costessey and Weston Longville.
The board said Ferrovial Construction will immediately begin work alongside its project team to develop the design.
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Martin Wilby, NCC cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure, said: “The creation of the Norwich Western Link is a priority for this council and it is essential to ensure that we have the right infrastructure in place. place not only to tackle existing traffic jams and delays, but also to accommodate future population and employment growth.
Karl Goose, Managing Director of Ferrovial Construction UK, said they will contribute their expertise to provide the region with “world class infrastructure”.
Cabinet members also agreed to approve the business case for the Norwich Western Link earlier this month, which has now been submitted to the Department of Transport.
If the business case is approved, this will provide a government funding commitment that is expected to cover 85% of the total project costs of £ 198million.
But David Pett, lawyer for the Stop the Wensum Link campaign, said: “Ferrovial has many planning bridges to cross before they can lay the first tarmac. The Wensum Viaduct and this project can be a planning hurdle too far. We will be watching closely to make sure the wildlife law is not broken. “