India-based highway infrastructure firm Gayatri Projects has secured a INR9.26bn ($139M) contract for the construction of a road project in Bihar, India.
The Anaklia Development Consortium (ADC) has been awarded the exclusive right by the government of Georgia to build, develop and operate the $2.5bn Anaklia Deep Sea Port.
Mid-Coast Transit Constructor joint venture has won a $922M contract from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to build the Mid-Coast Trolley in San Diego, US.
Ground has been broken on the Interstate 405/State Route 167 Interchange Direct Connector project in Washington, US.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is set to provide $1.5bn in funding for the construction of a dual-gauge railway line in Bangladesh.
A joint venture of Skanska and construction firm MT Højgaard Group has won a contract to build the Hisingsbron bridge over the river Göta älv in Gothenburg, Sweden.
India-based Gayatri Projects in a joint venture with Russian construction firm PTPS has won a INR12.55bn ($188.3M) highway contract in Odisha, India.
A team comprising a Flatiron Constructors/Blythe Development Company joint venture and HDR Engineering has been awarded a $99.2M contract for the reconstruction of a 1.9km stretch of motorway in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
A joint venture of Seymour Whyte and Fulton Hogan has secured a $442M design and build contract for the Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway section of the Bruce Highway upgrade in Queensland, Australia.
The Mountain View Partners consortium has won a CAD1.42bn ($1.07bn) contract from the Canadian province of Alberta to design, build and operate the Southwest Calgary Ring Road.
A consortium formed by Acciona Infrastructure, Italy-based Rizzani de Eccher and Belgian firm BESIX has secured a €133M contract for the Frederikssund Link highway project in Denmark.
The government of New Zealand and Auckland Council have signed an agreement to finance half the cost of Auckland’s City Rail Link (CRL) project.
China Railway Group, through its subsidiaries, has won a RMB8.1bn ($1.2bn) contract for the construction of a large railway section in Laos.
Strabag’s Swedish subsidiary Züblin Scandinavia has won a €127M contract from the Swedish Maritime Administration to build a new lock and enlarge the Södertälje Canal in Sweden.
Construction firm Skanska has won a $122M contract from the Washington State Department of Transportation to rebuild a freeway interchange in Washington, US.The scope of the project — to be delivered on a design-build basis — will involve the reconstruction of both lanes of the Interstate 5 freeway at its interchange with Washington State Route 16 in Tacoma. The work will also include the construction of four direct connector ramps between the SR 16 HOV lanes and the I-5 HOV lanes.Work on the project will commence in September 2016 with completion scheduled for July 2019.
A joint venture between KBR, SMEC Australia and US-based Jacobs Engineering has been appointed to oversee design at the Darlington Upgrade project in Adelaide, Australia.The design JV was subcontracted by the Gateway South Consortium — comprising Fulton Hogan and Laing O’Rourke — which was recently selected to design and build the AUD620M ($440M) road project.The Jacobs, KBR and SMEC Australia JV will be responsible for the reconfiguration of the existing 3.3km-long road from the Southern Expressway to north of Tonsley Boulevard, and the design of a lowered, non-stop motorway.Jacobs’ senior vice president of buildings and infrastructure Patrick Hill said: “We are proud to be involved in this landmark transport project for South Australia and look forward to working closely with the other members of the Gateway South team.“This project represents an excellent opportunity to leverage our proven experience and expertise on major transport infrastructure projects.”The majority of the detailed design and approvals work is set to commence in 2016, with all ground works anticipated to be finished by 2018.
Vinci Concessions has signed a cooperation agreement with the Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC) for road infrastructure projects in Vietnam.The partnership covers joint development of concession schemes for road projects currently operated by VEC — the Vietnamese highways agency.It will also focus on the construction, financing and operation by VEC and Vinci of new greenfield motorway projects involving Vinci Group Concessions and contracting businesses.Additionally, Vinci Concessions via its subsidiary Vinci Highways will participate in Vietnam’s infrastructure development programme, which will see the construction of a national expressway network, including the 1,800km North-South expressway.
An Astaldi-led joint venture has been awarded a €1bn contract to build the Italian stretch of the Brenner Railway Tunnel. The JV will be responsible for all underground works of the railway section from Mezzaselva, Fortezza, to the Italian border with Austria. The main works will involve the completion of the exploration tunnel and the two main line tunnels — 23km to be dug using traditional methods and 46km to be dug using mechanised excavation with TBMs. This contract, which ratifies the start-up of works, follows a preliminary contract awarding in March 2016. Astaldi Group CEO Filippo Stinellis said: “We are proud to be able to contribute to one of the most important works under construction in Europe to date. The Brenner Tunnel, once completed, will be the longest underground railway in the world. “The project is a great opportunity for us and for Italy, for the employment levels it will guarantee during its construction, but also because it is a pioneering work of engineering that, once completed, will significantly enhance passenger and freight transport through the heart of Europe.” Construction work in this section is expected to be complete within seven years, with the tunnel to become operational by 2025.The €8.8bn Brenner Base Tunnel will be a new 64km-long railway link between Italy and Austria — forming part of the Helsinki-La Valletta Corridor 5.
The UK’s Department of Transport has given development consent to the construction of a smart motorway between Hayes, London, and Theale, Berkshire. The £800M scheme — designed by a CH2M and Arcadis joint venture and to be delivered by a Balfour Beatty and Vinci joint venture — will upgrade a 51.5km section of the M4 between junctions 3 and 12.The project will include the replacement of 11 over-bridges and the widening of five underbridges. It will also include a four-lane carriageway between junctions 3 and 4 and junctions 5 and 12, a five-lane carriageway between junctions 4 and 4b, 32 emergency refuge areas (ERAs), as well as the accommodation of slip roads where there is no existing hard shoulder. The development is part of the £1.5bn government investment to build ten smart motorways in England until 2021.
Work has started on the Mersey Gateway’s main bridge deck, with two bridge building machines launched in the Mersey Estuary in Liverpool, UK.The form traveller machines have moved apart for the first time at the construction site’s south pylon, enabling the construction of the 1,000m-long, £1.75bn six-lane toll bridge deck across the River Mersey — to connect Runcorn and Widnes.The 270t machines — which act as concrete moulds — were assembled at the south pylon earlier this year before being lifted to their starting position at around 25m above the riverbed. Construction teams then cast a pier table — a rectangular shaped platform — around the bridge pylon before preparing to start work on the main bridge deck. Kyuyoung Choi, Merseylink’s operations manager for the main crossing, said of the building process: “Each segment of the bridge deck is made in the same way. Reinforced steel is placed into the mould and we then pour around 130cb m of concrete inside to create each segment.“From the third segment onwards, we install the connection boxes, which are called ‘delta frames’, for the steel stay cables, which are then attached to the upper pylon. The form travellers, which are powered by a hydraulic system, then move forward on a set of rails to the next position and the process is repeated.“The deck segments are cast simultaneously, which allows the bridge deck to ‘grow’ from either side of the pylons until it meets the connecting bridge deck and the structure is complete.”Three pairs of form travellers will be used to build the deck and each pair will operate as a unit — the machines will be launched from the north pylon later this month and from the central pylon in October.They will precast 154 deck segments — each being around 33m wide, 6m long, and taking a week to construct. Cllr Rob Polhill, leader of Halton Borough Council, said: “The three bridge pylons under construction are already giving us a glimpse of a much anticipated view of what will be become a landmark structure in our borough and indeed across the north west.“The launch of the form traveller marks the next, thrilling stage of the project and I’m excited to see the bridge deck emerging across the river.”Work on the bridge deck is expected to finish in summer 2017 with the new bridge opening in autumn 2017.