A joint venture between New Zealand construction company McConnell Dowell and Australian construction company Decmil has been appointed as preferred contractor to deliver the Mordialloc Freeway Project on behalf of Major Roads Project Victoria (MRPV), Australia.
An early works contract has been awarded and work will begin immediately.
Early appointment of the contractor will ensure feedback received from the recent Environment Effects Statement (EES) consultation period can be considered during the design refinement process.
In the first quarter of 2019, an independent enquiry panel will assess the EES, which takes into account the environmental, social, cultural and economic elements of the project along with feedback received during the consultation period.
The joint venture will also take up additional environmental surveying and monitoring along with non-disruptive site and services investigations.
The work will build on the 13 key environmental studies completed in 2018 to ensure the final design aligns with outcomes of the EES process.
The 9km freeway will provide an uninterrupted journey from the Mornington Peninsula Freeway in Aspendale Gardens to the Dingley Bypass in Dingley Village.
The project will deliver travel time savings of more than 10 minutes in the evening peak, take thousands of trucks off local roads and deliver upgrades to key interchanges, as well as increase opportunities for economic and tourism development in the area.
Major environmental design improvements have already been implemented because of EES investigations, including new and expanded noise wall locations, wildlife underpasses, fauna fencing and twin-bridge structures over the Waterways wetlands.
Construction is due to begin in late 2019 and finish by the end of 2021.
McConnell Dowell managing director Jim Firth said: “McConnell Dowell are looking forward to working with Decmil as preferred contractor to deliver this important part of Victoria’s growing transport infrastructure for the Victorian State Government.
“As with other significant infrastructure projects being delivered by McConnell Dowell in Victoria we are very pleased to have been selected to commence the early works and to ultimately deliver a safe, environmentally sensitive and high quality project that will reduce travel times and improve traffic flows through Melbourne’s south east.”
Image: Artist’s impression of concept design for Springvale Road. Photo: Courtesy of MRPV.