MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Work on the $1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade is underway with an event today marking the start of major construction.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan joined Plenary Managing Director of Origination Damien Augustinus and WBHO Infrastructure Managing Director Peter Ryan on site in Melbourne’s western suburbs.
The project is the State of Victoria’s largest single investment in arterial roads to date, comprising high-priority road upgrades with a comprehensive 20-year maintenance program covering more than 260 kilometres of road.
The section of Dohertys Road in Laverton North is the first of eight main capital works projects that will be competed across Melbourne’s west by mid-2020.
It carries more than 20,000 vehicles every day, connecting nearby industrial areas to key freight routes, nearby freeways and the Port of Melbourne.
The project includes intersection and bicycle path upgrades, an additional lane in each direction, and a second bridge over the Princes Freeway, transforming this key industrial route and improving journey times for all road users.
The Netflow Western Roads Upgrade consortium – comprising Cintra and Plenary as joint project sponsors and joint SPV managers, Plenary as financial arranger, WBHO Infrastructure as design and construction lead, and the Amey and Broadspectrum joint venture as services contractor – is contracted by the Victorian Government to finance, design, build, and maintain the project for 20 years after the initial capital works are completed.
View the Victorian Government media release.