On the road to construction bonanza

Road construction is the flavour of the month with Federal and State governments talking up projects while handing down their respective budgets last week.

CCI’s Resource and Construction Conference on June 28 will feature keynote speeches from experts in the industry.

It will be followed by the WA’s largest and most prestigious annual event in the resources, construction and intrastructure sectors – the Construction Industry Dinner at Crown Towers.

Meanwhile, the State and Federal Governments have invited offers from three contractors to build a $65 million interchange on Wanneroo road in the northern suburbs.

John Holland, Laing O’Rourke and WBHO Infrastructure-SRG Joint Venture have been invited to submit proposals to design and construct the project, with a contract award anticipated late this year.

The Wanneroo Road and Ocean Reef interchange project is expected to support 350 jobs, says Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher.

He says the project is one of three major upgrades planned for the northern corridor, along with the widening of Wanneroo Road between Joondalup Drive and Flynn Drive and an upgrade of the Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive intersection.

“This project will future-proof the road network in Perth’s northern suburbs – we are planning ahead for the traffic growth that will come from the residential and industrial development in this area,” Fletcher says.

Federal Member for Moore Ian Goodenough says construction of the new bridge, with on and off ramps managed by traffic signals, would improve traffic flow.

“In February we called for proposals for the Joondalup Drive section, which is progressing well, and the two flyovers over Wanneroo Road combined with the widening north of Joondalup Drive will relieve a series of known bottlenecks and capacity issues on the Perth road network, Goodenough says.

“Wanneroo Road carries high traffic volumes and the intersection at Ocean Reef Road ranks as one of the most congested in the Perth metropolitan area.”

The Federal Government has committed $51.8m to fund the project, with WA committing the remaining $12.96m.

 

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