Australian integrated services firm Downer, as part of the VEC Shaw Joint Venture, is undertaking the A$92.3m ($66.4m) Perth Link Roads upgrade project in Tasmania.The project, touted to be the largest current road project in Tasmania, is a joint venture between VEC Civil Engineering, a Downer-owned company specialising in civil and bridge structures, and Shaw Contracting.Forming part of the government’s investment of A$500m ($360m) in Tasmania’s Midland Highway over 10 years, the road project is expected to enhance safety and efficiency by avoiding heavy vehicles from the centre of Perth as they travel to and from the northern and north-western ports.The project will offer link roads around the western side of Perth and include a new four-lane highway designed to a minimum AusRAP Star rating of three.It will also feature six single span structures and two large stock and farm access underpasses that have been precast by VEC specifically for the project, three roundabouts, full highway access, a system interchange, a cycling path and grade separation at the existing rail line.Deputy Prime Minister of Australia Michael McCormack, who paid a visit to the job site, said: “It’ll increase safety, provide certainty for the civil construction sector and create jobs for Tasmanians with numerous flow-on benefits for local businesses.”Earlier in this month, Downer secured the seal and asphalt works package for the Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway (CR2SM) project on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.The scope of the project involves renovation of major interchanges and expanding an 8km stretch of the highway from four to six lanes, in addition to the construction of a service road for local traffic to the west of the highway.Australian integrated services firm said that more than 380,000 tonnes of asphalt will be supplied by its nearby Bli Bli facility for the project, which will be completed in late 2020.The contract has been awarded by head contractor Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte Joint Venture.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA), a statutory board under the Ministry of Transport that is responsible for the land transport developments in Singapore, has announced the alignment and station locations for the first phase of the Cross Island Line (CRL).Touted be LTA’s longest fully underground line, the new section represents the transport authority’s eighth MRT line and will be constructed in three phases.Upon completion, the Cross Island Line will serve existing and future developments in the eastern, western, and north-eastern corridors, connecting major hubs like Jurong Lake District, Punggol Digital District and Changi region.The overall project is expected to have a daily ridership of more than 600,000 in the initial years, increasing to over one million in the future.CRL1, which represents the first phase of the CRL, covers 29km in length and features 12 stations from Aviation Park to Bright Hill. The initial phase will cater to residential and industrial areas such as Loyang, Tampines, Pasir Ris, Defu, Hougang, Serangoon North and Ang Mo Kio.It is expected that over 100,000 households will benefit from first phase of the CRL. Construction on the CRL1 is anticipated to start in 2020 and will be completed by 2029.LTA stated that currently engineering studies are being conducted for the remaining phases of the CRL, including the two underground alignment options near the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.Several stakeholders have been consulted and their views have been taken into consideration before making an announcement on the final alignment, LTA said.When completed, CRL1 will reduce travel times for commuters between the central, north-eastern and eastern parts of Singapore.Furthermore, the transport authority will build a new 57-hectare depot at Changi East to offer stabling and maintenance facilities for up to 80 CRL trains.In order to support the construction of CRL1 and related road works, the Government of Singapore will partially acquire eight properties.LTA said that the acquisitions involve ancillary features such as green verges, boundary walls and subterranean space. The transport authority stressed that existing building structures will not be affected.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Image:LTA unveils first phase of Cross Island MRT Line. Photo: Courtesy of the Land Transport Authority of Singapore.
A Chinese consortium comprising Sichuan Road and Bridge Group, Shamim Enterprise and UDC Construction has signed a public-private partnership (PPP) concession contract with the Government of Bangladesh to upgrade the Dhaka Bypass.
Van Don International Airport, the first international airport in Vietnam, has been opened in Quang Ninh province, which is home to the UNESCO World Heritage site Halong Bay, 220km from the capital Hanoi.