A joint venture between CPB Contractors and Seymour Whyte Constructions has won a contract to build a 12.5km duplication of the Western Highway between Buangor and Ararat in Australia.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Barnaby Joyce said that the works were part of the Australian government’s $500m investment in duplicating the Western Highway between Ballarat and Stawell, improving driver safety and supporting local industries.
Joyce said: “In partnership with the Victorian government, the overarching project will see $659.7m invested in building a dual-lane highway between Melbourne and Adelaide.
“The improved highway will make travel safer for all drivers, and make the trip more efficient for heavy freight vehicles.”
Part of the pre-construction work, including fence construction, will be completed over the next few weeks.
The Australian government has committed $499.3m and the Victorian government $160.3m to the overall Western Highway duplication between Ballarat and Stawell.
Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said that the announcement of the contract was another sign of progress on the project and an important step in building safer roads throughout the state.
Donnellan said: “There were 91 crashes between Ballarat and Stawell in the five-year period to June 2017, including eight fatalities and 51 serious injuries – tragic figures that we are determined to reduce through our investment in improvements like these.”
Federal member for Wannon Dan Tehan said construction was expected to start in March and take around two years to complete.
Tehan said: “This is a fantastic milestone for the project which has already seen 55km of the highway duplicated west of Ballarat.”
According to Victorian member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford, the project would create a safer and more efficient four-lane divided route.
Pulford said: “Construction will include a new bridge over the railway line, two new bridges over the Hopkins river, additional turning lanes and an interchange with entry and exit ramps at Hillside Road.”