Vinci subsidiary wins two motorway upgrade contracts in Australia


Seymour Whyte, a subsidiary of Vinci Construction, has secured two motorway upgrade contracts worth A$330m ($237m) in Australia.

Under the first contract, worth A$270m ($194m), Seymour Whyte will be responsible for the upgrade of a stretch of the M1 Pacific motorway, which is the main motorway connection along the east coast of Australia.

The work represents the third upgrade package on the motorway near the border between Queensland and New South Wales.

It will include the widening of a 5km section of the motorway to three lanes in both directions, refurbishment of motorway bridges and slip roads, construction of a new service road as well as preserving the corridor for a possible future rail extension.

The work will also involve the integration of smart motorway technologies, which are expected to reduce the travelling times for nearly 90,000 motorists who use this section each day.

Seymour Whyte has secured the contract for the first package on the motorway in June this year.

Seymour Whyte and SMEC, a consulting services provider, secured the second motorway upgrade contract worth A$60m ($43.1m) from The Transport for New South Wales.

Under the contract, Seymour Whyte will be responsible for the construction works while SMEC will oversee the design work.

The scope of work will include the upgrade of the Barton Highway between the Australian capital Canberra and Murrumbateman, 280km southwest of Sydney in New South Wales.

The work will involve the construction of a new two-lane northbound carriageway, modifications to the existing Barton Highway, intersection upgrades, drainage works and relocation of services and utilities, alongside landscaping work.

Barton Highway is said to be a major route used to transport goods between New South Wales, Canberra, and Victoria.


Seymour Whyte secures two motorway upgrade contracts worth $237m in Australia. (Credit: Jan Alexander from Pixabay.)  

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