BMD Constructions to widen Mitchell Freeway in Australia

WCN Editorial Team 19 Sep 2018 OCEANIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

BMD Constructions has won a design and construct contract for the widening of Mitchell Freeway in Perth, Western Australia.

Under the contract worth AUD49.4m ($36m), BMD Constructions will add an additional 7km lane to one of Perth’s critical corridors between Cedric Street and Vincent Street. The objective is to improve connectivity between Perth’s northern suburbs and the central business district (CBD).

The project is also intended to reduce congestion and bottlenecks for southbound traffic, as the Mitchell Freeway carries up to 180,000 vehicles per day, some of the highest traffic demands in Perth.

The project is part of a plan to transform Perth’s freeways to accommodate population and economic growth into the future. The Western Australian and Australian governments are funding the contract.

As part of a $2.3bn investment in road and rail infrastructure, both governments have committed AUD40m ($29m) to widen Mitchell Freeway between Cedric Street and Vincent Street, providing 7km of additional lane in the southbound direction to reduce congestion.

In June 2018, BMD Constructions completed a major road infrastructure upgrade project in Sydney’s North West Growth Area with the opening of the Schofields Road Upgrade – Stage 3 project.

Under the final phase of the project, the New South Wales (NSW) government and BMD Constructions opened the westbound carriageway from Richmond Road to Veron Road, and also commissioned two sets of traffic lights at the Fermoy Road and Carnarvon Road intersections.

The completion of the project has provided a flood-free route from Richmond Road to Veron Road across Bells and Eastern creeks in Schofields, Western Sydney.

Prior to the upgrade, frequent flooding resulted in road closures even in minor rainfall events.

The work involved a 2.5km upgrade to extend Schofields Road to four lanes from Veron Road, across Eastern Creek to Richmond Road, with the capacity to be widened to six lanes in the future.

Pedestrian and cyclist paths have also been constructed on both sides of the road, and bus bays and bus priority lanes have been provided at major intersections to improve traffic flow.

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Image: The Mitchell Freeway in Perth, Australia. Photo: Courtesy of BMD GROUP.

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