A joint venture of US-based Jacobs Engineering Group and Aurecon has been selected by John Holland and CPB Contractors consortium to carry out the engineering design for the $5.1bn (AUD6.7bn) West Gate Tunnel Project in Australia.
The project, which has received environmental and planning approvals, is located in Melbourne’s inner west and will become an alternative to the West Gate Bridge for Melbourne.
The design comprises two new three-lane tunnels, widening of the West Gate Freeway from eight to 12 lanes, 14km of new and upgraded cycling and walking paths, including a 2.5km raised veloway for cyclists, and nine hectares of open space and wetlands.
Safer road design of the project includes express lanes to and from the West Gate Bridge, along with noise walls to reduce noise and protect privacy for the local community.
The project will facilitate quicker and safer journeys, while removing thousands of trucks from local roads.
Construction is expected to begin in early 2018 and the new tunnels are likely to open in 2022.
The Western Distributor Authority (WDA) of the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, is working in partnership with Transurban to deliver the West Gate Tunnel Project as a public-private partnership.
Jacobs Buildings and Infrastructure Asia-Pacific senior vice-president Patrick Hill said: “This is a significant transport infrastructure project for Melbourne and confirms the continued buoyancy of the Australian market.
“The project, which will be supported by more than 140 Jacobs staff, further establishes Jacobs’ place as one of the world’s leading transportation and infrastructure service providers.”
Jacobs Engineering is involved in the global professional services sector and delivers solutions for a more connected, sustainable world.
The company provides a range of services, including scientific, technical, professional and construction- and programme-management for business, industrial, commercial, government and infrastructure sectors.