$1.8bn of road investment for Australian state

WCN Editorial Team 10 Nov 2016 OCEANIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The state of Victoria, Australia, has announced a $1.8bn package to carry out road upgrade and maintenance works that will reduce travel times and enhance road safety and connectivity in the state.

The investment will be used to upgrade eight high-priority roads and maintain over 700km of road stretching from Werribee to Footscray.

The package will transform the outer-western road network by boosting capacity and improving road pavement conditions with intersection upgrades, almost 30km of lane duplication, and road maintenance.

Premier Daniel Andrews said: “This is one of the biggest ever projects to update suburban arterial roads — and it’s going to create jobs, cut travel times and congestion and improve safety.

“We’re building better roads for Victorian families to get them home safer and sooner to their loved ones.”

The request for proposal is expected to take place in early 2017, with construction expected to commence in 2018. The eight upgrades are expected to last for five years, with the maintenance and rehabilitation contract to continue for a further 20 years.

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