Roads Week on WCN: Some of the key current global road projects

Vania Goncalves 25 Aug 2016 GLOBAL TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Several projects are now in execution around the world and WCN, as part of its roads week, has listed 13 worth knowing about.

1)    National Highway Development Program, India

The $71bn National Highway Development Program was implemented in 1998 and aims at improving the road network in India.

The project — being delivered in seven phases — includes the construction, rehabilitation, expansion and upgrade of nearly 56km of highway.

The Golden Quadrilateral phase, completed in 2015, connects the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, through a 5,846km road.

The scope of the project also includes the construction of around 50,000km of roads, under Phases I-VII, Port Connectivity, and the Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for North East (SARDP-NE).

Even though the development only accounts for 2% of the total length of roads in the country, it carries about 40% of the total traffic.

The programme, owned by National Highways Authority of India and planned by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways of India, started in 2001 and is expected to be complete in 2021.
 
2)    Central to Sukhumvit Bypass Upgrade, Thailand

The $26bn project involves the construction of an underground tunnel from Central Road to Soi Pornprapanimit in Chonburi, Thailand.

The four-lane tunnel will be 1,900m long and 20m wide.

The project also includes the construction of four subterranean lanes, road separators, footpaths, as well as the installation of air ventilators, signalling, security and lightening systems.

Additionally, a U-turn on top of the tunnel — featuring an island with dolphin sculptures — is set to be constructed.

The upgrade will reduce traffic congestion, as well as provide a freeway road to the region.

Construction on the project, carried out by the Ministry of Transport of Thailand, commenced in February 2015 and is expected to be complete in 2018.

3)    Trans-Sumatra High Grade Highway, Indonesia

The $25bn Trans-Sumatra High Grade Highway project is set to connect the Lampung and Aceh provinces in Sumatra Island.

The project, also known as Trans Sumatra toll road, involves the construction of a 2,600km toll road to be developed in 24 sections.

The scope of the work also includes the construction of pavements, supporting walls, toll stations, pedestrian walkways, as well as the installation of safety systems.

The development — aiming at improving connectivity and economic development in the region — has suffered many setbacks. In 2012, the land acquisition process started, but faced long delays due to disputes along the route.

Construction work commenced in 2014, and the first eight sections are expected to be complete by 2019.

Construction companies selected for the highway include PT Adhi Karya (Persero), PT Wijaya Karya Beton, PT Hutama Karya (Persero) and PT Pembangunan Perumahan (Persero).

4)    Westconnex Motorway, Australia

The Westconnex Motorway will provide a link between Westerm Sydney, Sydney Airport and the Port Botany in New South Wales.

The US$13bn project includes the construction of a 33km road — connecting the country’s M4 and M5 motorways — to be delivered in three stages.

Stage I involves the construction of 13km of road, including the construction of the M4 east link between Homebush and Haberfield.

Additionally, it includes the upgrade of the Concord Road interchange and the realignment of surface roads at City West Link and Parramatta Road.

Stage II includes the widening of the existing M5 East to eight lanes from the Kings Georges Road interchange, and 9km of twin tunnels. Construction in this stage is expected to be complete by 2019.

Stage III involves the construction of an 8.5km, three-lane road tunnel between Stage I at Haberfield and Stage II at St Peters. Construction work is expected to commence in late 2018 and be completed by 2023.

Construction on the motorway has started in 2015 and is expected to be complete by the end of 2023.

The project’s contractors include Samsung C&T Corporation, CPB Contractors Pty Limited, Fulton Hogan Australia Pty Ltd, John Holland Pty Ltd, Rizzani de Eccher S.p.A., CPB Contractors Pty Limited, Dragados S.A. and sub-contractor Samsung C&T Corporation.

5)    Lahore-Karachi Motorway, Pakistan

The National Highway Authority of Pakistan is undertaking the construction of the Lahore-Karachi Motorway project with the aim of reducing journey times and congestion.  

The $7bn project includes the construction of a 1,152km dual six-lane motorway to be executed in four sections.

The first section involves the construction of a 136km, six-lane motorway from Hyderabad to Karachi, while the second includes the construction of a 296km motorway from Hyderabad to Sukkur.

The third stage includes the construction of a 387km motorway from Sukkur to Multan and the fourth section the construction of a 333km motorway from Multan to Lahore.

Furthermore, bridges, underpasses, footpaths, cycleways and service roads are being constructed.

Construction work commenced in 2015 and is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.

The chosen contractors for the project include Frontier Works Organization, China Railway Zoth Bureau Group and Zahir Khan & Brothers.  

6)    Longchuan to Huaiji Highway, China

The on-going Longchuan to Huaiji Highway project has been announced in 2013 and is expected to increase mobility and provide a smooth flow of traffic.

For this effect, a 368km-long and 26m-wide highway is being constructed in Guangdong, China.  

The $6.6bn project also includes the construction of walkways, flyovers, a 26m-wide roadbed, and a toll plaza, along with the installation of signalling and lighting systems.

Construction work — by Guangdong Hualu Transportation Technology Co Ltd — is expected to be complete in 2018.

7)    G75 Lanhai Expressway: Weiyuan-Wudu section, China

The G75 Lanhai Expressway will connect the region of Weiyuan to Wudu in Gansu, China.

The $5.8bn project involves the construction of a 244km highway, including bridges, tunnels, interchanges, walkways and tollbooths. It will also include the installation of signalling and lighting systems.

The expressway is being delivered in 23 sections and construction work in section 4 and 6 is now underway.
 
Construction work started this year and is expected to be complete in 2019.

8)    Tolo Highway/Fanling Highway widening, Hong Kong

The Tolo Highway/Fanling Highway is set to provide a good transport link between Island House Interchange and Fanling in Hong Kong.

To help to achieve that aim, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Highways Department is widening roads and constructing new bridges.

The $5.6bn development also includes the construction of a carriageway, noise barriers, retaining walls, water-mains, drainage and sewerage, geotechnical and landscaping works, as well as the installation of fire hydrants and sign boards.

Construction work started in 2009 and is being delivered in two phases.

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for Phase I was awarded to Gammon Construction Limited and China State Construction Engineering Limited, while a Hyder Consulting, Arup and Black & Veatch joint venture secured the design-build for phase II.

Phase I has been completed and phase II is now under construction. The highway is expected to be complete by 2018.

9)    Altanbulag-Ulaanbaatar-Zamyn Uud Highway, Mongolia

The highway, almost 1,000km long, will connect the regions of Altanbulag and Zamyn Uud in Mongolia.

The scope of the project includes the construction of a 367km highway from Altanbulag to Ulaanbaatar and 630km of highway from Ulaanbaatar to Zamyn Uud.

The $5bn project — aimed at reducing traffic congestion — also involves the construction of ramps, lane dividers, pedestrian ways, as well as the installation of lighting systems.

The highway is being built by the Chinggis Land Development Group (CLDG) — in a design, build, finance, operate and transfer basis.

Construction work started in 2015 and is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.

10)    Wenchuan-Maerkang Highway – China

The $4.7bn Wenchuan-Maerkang Highway project was announced by the Sichuan Transport Investment Group Co in 2012.

The project involves the construction of a two-way, four-lane 173km-long highway in Sichuan, China.  It also includes the construction of tunnels, bridges, concrete pavements, service area and related infrastructure.

Construction work started in 2014 and is expected to be complete in 2017.

The EPC contractor for the project is CCCC Fourth Highway Engineering Co., Ltd.

11)     State Highways Improvement II – India

State Highways Improvement II project is set to improve the road network in Karnataka, India.

The $4.5bn project involves the construction of 830km of two-lane highway in the first phase and 633km in the second phase.

The highway is being delivered on a design, build, finance, operate, maintain and transfer basis.

Construction work started in 2011 and is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.

12)     Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade, Australia

The Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is undertaking the Pacific Highway upgrade with the aim of reducing travel times and cost for the people.

The US$4.3bn project involves the upgrade of four-lane, 155km dual carriageway between Woolgoolga and Ballina on the North Coast of New South Wales.

The development — being developed in 11 sections — includes the construction of 10 grade-separated interchanges, access bridges, overpasses, viaducts, cross-drainage bridges, service roads and a 1.5km new four-lane Harwood bridge over the Clarence River.

The scope of the work also includes the installation of signalling and safety systems.
   
The latest contract for the project was awarded to Ferrovial and Acciona consortium in July 2016 for the design-build of Harwood Bridge.

Works on the first and second sections are underway. The entire project — expected to reduce travel times by up to 25 minutes — is scheduled for completion in 2020.

13)    Pan Borneo Highway Upgrade, Malaysia

The Pan Borneo Highway Upgrade project consists in the upgrading of 1,663km of carriageway from Borneo States of Sarawak and Sabah in Malaysia.

The highway is being upgraded from a single-carriageway into a dual-carriageway.

The scope of the work also includes the construction of bridges, pedestrian ways, and other related infrastructural facilities as well as the installation of signalling and safety systems.

Lebuhaya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd is the main contractor for the $4.2bn project — being developed in different stages.

Construction work started in 2015 and is scheduled for completion in 2023.

* For more information on road projects, visit Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.


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