Advance consortium selected for £327m highway project in New Zealand

WCN Editorial Team 3 Jul 2019 OCEANIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The New Zealand Transport Agency has selected Advance consortium, comprising Fulton Hogan, HEB Construction, Aurecon and WSP-Opus, as the preferred alliance to deliver Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway project.

The project cost is estimated at N$620m (£327.1m).

Work on the Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway project commenced in mid-2017 after a series of slips resulted in the closure of the old State Highway 3 through the Manawatū Gorge.

The transport agency held an extensive consultation with the community and key stakeholders and identified a preferred route option running to the north of the Manawatū Gorge in early 2018.

Earlier in 2019, the transport agency issued a Notice of Requirement for the designated new transport corridor for the replacement route.

The new 11.5km road will include roundabout connections with State Highway 57 south of Ashhurst and with State Highway 3 west of Woodville.

The road will have two lanes in each direction over most part of the route, as well as a new bridge across the Manawatū River.

The project design will include safe walking and cycling facilities along the new route.

Enabling works for the new route will commence in September 2019. Pending resource consents, full construction is expected to commence in 2020 and the project is expected to be completed in 2024.

The Advance consortium will be introduced to the public at public information sessions in the Manawatū and Tararua regions in the near future.

According to portfolio manager Sarah Downs, Advance consortium will become part of the interim project alliance, with an intention to proceed to the delivery of the design, regional consenting and construction of the project.

She said: “The decision in favour of the preferred alliance was made after a comprehensive tendering process, which commenced in September 2018.

“We had two strong tenders, both demonstrating excellent qualities, and selecting a preferred alliance partner was a difficult decision.

“The team is excited to now be moving into the delivery phase of this important project with our preferred alliance.”

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Image: The proposed road corridor crosses the Ruahine Ranges immediately north of the Manawatū Gorge and south of Saddle Road. Photo: Courtesy of Manawatu District Council.

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