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Roads Australia Insider - March 8, 2019


NSW Government rolls out transport commitments in run home to election

The Berejiklian Government has put transport well and truly on the State election radar this week, announcing major roadworks in the State’s south and west, an expansion of the Pinch Points Program in Sydney and a start to construction on the Metro West rail line next year.

On Wednesday the Government pledged to duplicate 31 kilometres of the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Lithgow over the next decade, at a cost of $2.5 billion.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said construction would begin on the Great Western Highway in the next term if the Government was returned on March 23.

On the same day, the Government announced a $960 million pledge to: 

  • duplicate sections of the Princes Highway from Jervis Bay Road to Sussex Inlet Road; 
  • build the Moruya Bypass; and 
  • start detailed planning work for the Milton and Ulladulla Bypass and upgrades for the Princes Highway from Burrill Lake to Batemans Bay.

On Tuesday it was the Central Coast's turn, with the Government promising $387 million to complete the next section of duplication of the Central Coast Highway, delivering the upgrade between Bateau Bay and Wamberal.

And this morning, the Government announced a $450 million investment to remove 12 pinch points in Sydney: 

  • Pennant Hills Road / Carlingford Road, Carlingford; 
  • Pennant Hills Road, between M2 Motorway and Woodstock Avenue, Carlingford (Southbound);  
  • Traffic lights at the intersection of Baker Street and Pennant Hills Road, Carlingford; 
  • Forest Road and Stoney Creek Road, Beverly Hills; 
  • Forest Road at Boundary Road and Bonds Road, Peakhurst;
  • The Horsley Drive / Polding Street, Fairfield; 
  • Henry Lawson Drive at Rabaul Road and Haig Avenue, Georges Hall;  
  • Linden Street, between River Road and The Grand Parade, Sutherland; 
  • Cumberland Highway at Horsley Drive, Smithfield; 
  • The Horsley Drive at Nelson Street, Fairfield; 
  • Princes Highway at Bates Road, Kareela; and 
  • Victoria Road, West Ryde at the rail bridge between West Parade and Hermitage Road.

Roads Minister Melinda Pavey said $25 million would also be invested in drone technology and virtual messaging so more of the road network could be monitored in real time and incidents reported and cleared faster.

Meantime, the Coalition also confirmed this week it was providing $6.4 billion over the four-year forward estimates for the Metro West project, with construction to kick-off in 2020.

The Government says Metro West will more than double the existing rail capacity between Parramatta and the Sydney CBD and reduce the journey to around 20 minutes.

Metro West is expected to take around eight years to complete, with the Government saying the final schedule will be confirmed on completion of the final business case.

NSW Labor, meanwhile, has reaffirmed its commitment to fully fund the Muswellbrook bypass and work with a Federal Labor Government to deliver the Singleton bypass.

Labor says it will allocate $266 million to the Muswellbrook bypass, and another $100 million to accelerate construction of the Singleton Bypass and to get the project shovel ready.

It says the work will be done in partnership with a Federal Labor Government that has promised $250 million for the Singleton Bypass.

Two shortlisted for Regency Road to Pym Street Project 

Two consortia have been shortlisted for the major works contract on the $354 million Regency Road to Pym Street Project, in South Australia - McConnell Dowell/Mott MacDonald/Arup and CPB Contractors/GHD.

The contract will deliver the 1.8 kilometre section of the North-South Corridor, connecting T2T to the South Road Superway, creating a 47 kilometre non-stop North-South Corridor between Gawler and the River Torrens.

A field of four consortia participated in the Expression of Interest process, with South Australian, Australian and international companies taking part.

The two short-listed consortia will now respond to the Request for Proposal (RFP) phase over the next 13 weeks.

The concept design includes: 

  • A 1.8 kilometre section of non-stop roadway, providing three lanes in each direction (at-grade).
  • Two lanes in each direction on the South Road surface road, providing access to the surrounding community and local businesses. 
  • An overpass over Regency Road (three lanes in each direction). 
  • Two lanes in each direction (at-grade) on the surface roads underneath. 
  • Left in and left out only access at Pym Street. 
  • Full access to and from the non-stop motorway at Regency Road. 
  • Intersection upgrade at Regency Road. 
  • Improved cycling and pedestrian facilities. 
  • A grade separated pedestrian and cycle overpass over South Road in the vicinity of Pym Street. 
  • Landscaping and noise barriers.

The successful bidder is expected to be announced early in the third quarter of 2019, with construction expected to begin late 2019.

The $354 million Regency Road to Pym Street Project is jointly funded by the Australian and South Australian governments.

M1 Pacific Motorway detailed business cases released

Building Queensland has released summaries of the detailed business cases for the Varsity Lakes to Tugun and Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill stretches of the M1 Pacific Motorway.

The M1 Pacific Motorway is the primary road transport route connecting NSW, Gold Coast and Logan cities with metropolitan Brisbane.

Pressure on the M1 is expected to intensify as South East Queensland continues to grow and regional employment becomes more centralised. Approximately 400,000 extra jobs are projected for Brisbane City by 2041 and about 170,000 for the Gold Coast. More workers will be commuting to these economic hubs from surrounding local government areas and many of these trips will be on the M1.

The Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill Detailed Business Case, completed by Building Queensland in late 2018, investigated 8.5 kilometres of northbound motorway widening and 1.1 kilometres of southbound motorway widening. The Varsity Lakes to Tugun Detailed Business Case investigated widening 10 kilometres of the motorway from two to three lanes in both directions. Both projects include construction of new on-ramps and managed motorway features, along with other upgrades.

The Australian and Queensland governments are progressively upgrading the M1.

These latest business cases are now being assessed by Infrastructure Australia.

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