Downer JV to deliver Perth Link Roads upgrade project in Tasmania


Australian integrated services firm Downer, as part of the VEC Shaw Joint Venture, is undertaking the A$92.3m ($66.4m) Perth Link Roads upgrade project in Tasmania.

The project, touted to be the largest current road project in Tasmania, is a joint venture between VEC Civil Engineering, a Downer-owned company specialising in civil and bridge structures, and Shaw Contracting.

Forming part of the government’s investment of A$500m ($360m) in Tasmania’s Midland Highway over 10 years, the road project is expected to enhance safety and efficiency by avoiding heavy vehicles from the centre of Perth as they travel to and from the northern and north-western ports.

The project will offer link roads around the western side of Perth and include a new four-lane highway designed to a minimum AusRAP Star rating of three.

It will also feature six single span structures and two large stock and farm access underpasses that have been precast by VEC specifically for the project, three roundabouts, full highway access, a system interchange, a cycling path and grade separation at the existing rail line.

Deputy Prime Minister of Australia Michael McCormack, who paid a visit to the job site, said: “It’ll increase safety, provide certainty for the civil construction sector and create jobs for Tasmanians with numerous flow-on benefits for local businesses.”

Earlier in this month, Downer secured the seal and asphalt works package for the Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway (CR2SM) project on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

The scope of the project involves renovation of major interchanges and expanding an 8km stretch of the highway from four to six lanes, in addition to the construction of a service road for local traffic to the west of the highway.

Australian integrated services firm said that more than 380,000 tonnes of asphalt will be supplied by its nearby Bli Bli facility for the project, which will be completed in late 2020.

The contract has been awarded by head contractor Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte Joint Venture.


Image: Downer is delivering Perth Link Roads upgrade in Tasmania. Photo: Courtesy of Downer Group.

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