Birmingham's roads are failing and the problem needs a long term solution, a consortium has warned.
Atkins EDF Energy is one of four groups chasing Birmingham City Council's £2 billion Highways Maintenance and Management Service PFI contract.
The 25-year contract to maintain all the roads and street lighting in Birmingham has now reached the invitation to negotiate stage.
Atkins EDF Energy is facing competition from Amey, Balfour Beatty/Mouchel Parkman and Vinci, Amec and Laing.
Richard Barrett, managing director of Atkins Highway Services, said: "Atkins is one of the country's leading highways and civil engineering companies - and EDF Energy, a UK leader in the development of electrical infrastructure projects and one of the UK's largest participators in the PFI market.
The Atkins EDF Energy Consortium is supported by Tarmac, R&C Williams, Fitzgerald Contractors and JA Bates.
Mr Barrett went on: "In its current state, Birmingham's worn out highway surfaces are failing. This and the associated remedial works required to repair them cause congestion that the city, its people and its businesses can ill afford. The Atkins EDF Energy Consortium will replace 'quick fixes' with long term solutions."
He also stressed that consultation with the community was a key part of their planning process.