Vinci wins two highways upgrade contracts worth €174m in Australia

WCN Editorial Team 5 Jun 2020 OCEANIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Vinci Construction, through its subsidiary Seymour Whyte, has secured two contracts worth €174m to upgrade two highways in Queensland, Australia.

Under the two contracts, Vinci will build sections of Bruce Highway and M1 Pacific Motorway which form the main motorway of Australia’s East coast.

The first contract, worth €114 was secured in a joint venture with John Holland, will deliver important flood-proofing and congestion-busting upgrades along the Bruce Highway in the Sunshine Coast region, north of Brisbane.

The contract includes the improvements to interchanges, new road connections, new bridges and new drainage structure under the highway.

Considered to be a major highway in Queensland, Bruce Highway begins in the state capital Brisbane and passes through areas close to the eastern coast on its way to Cairns in Far North Queensland.

Named after popular former Queensland and federal politician, Harry Bruce, the highway is part of the Australian National Highway and also part of Highway 1, the longest highway in the country. Its length is nearly 1,679km.

The second contract worth €60m includes an upgrade package of the M1 Pacific Motorway, between the Varsity Lakes to Tugun (VL2T), near the Queensland/New South Wales border.

As per the contract, a 2km section of the motorway will be widened into three lanes in each direction and Gold Coast’s first-ever Diverging Diamond Interchange will be constructed at Burleigh Heads.

The upgrades will also incorporate smart motorways technologies to ease travel time for more than 90,000 motorists who use the section of the Pacific Motorway every day.

The M1 Pacific Motorway is a 127km stretch linking Sydney to the Central Coast, Newcastle and Hunter regions of New South Wales and is part of the AusLink road corridor between Sydney and Brisbane.

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Vinci wins contracts to upgrade two highways in Australia. (Credit: Vinci.)

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