There are 12 contractors in the running to be appointed to the £261m Midlands Highway Alliance medium schemes framework 2.
The framework is spread across two lots with a projected value of £261m from April 2014 through to March 2017.
Lafarge Tarmac has teamed up with Carillion to bid for both lots, while Aggregate Industries has teamed with Galliford Try in Lot 2. The remaining bids are from sole contractors, with Aggregate Industries and Galliford Try bidding separately in Lot 1.
Contracting authorities are expected to appoint five contractors from 10 tendering firms or joint ventures to Lot 1, through which schemes worth up to £5m will be procured. Work worth up to £70m will be awarded through Lot 1.
Construction News understands the companies bidding are Aggregate Industries; Balfour Beatty; Bam Nuttall; Dawnus; Eurovia; Galliford Try; Interserve; Lafarge Tarmac Carillion JV; Osborne; and VolkerFitzpatrick.
There are expected to be three contractors appointed to Lot 2 for projects worth between £5m and £25m, with the total value of work expected to be between £52m and £191m.
The bidders are Aggregate Industries Galliford Try JV; Balfour Beatty; Bam Nuttall; Eurovia; Lafarge Tarmac Carillion JV; and Morgan Sindall.
Work will include highway improvements and maintenance, infrastructure works and town centre enhancements for 17 city and county councils.
The framework procurement is being led by Leicestershire County Council and contractors on the existing framework, set up in 2009, are Balfour Beatty/Birse, Bam Nuttall, Ringway, and Tarmac/Carillion.
The deal is due to be awarded in January.