Melbourne’s M80 Ring Road upgrade contract finalised

VicRoads has finalised contracts with Theiss to construct Victoria’s M80 Ring Road Upgrade between the Calder Freeway and Sydney Road, worth $623m to Theiss.

M80 Ring RoadThiess joined with VicRoads and design partners Parsons Brinkerhoff and Hyder Consulting in 2009 to form the Tulla Sydney Alliance to complete the 9.7km the M80 Ring Road Upgrade project.

The M80 Ring Road links a number of corridors and major arterial roads and facilitates freight movement between Melbourne, regional Victoria and interstate capitals. The overall M80 Ring Road Upgrade, which is being funded by the Victorian and Australian Governments, will deliver widening and improvement works to address safety and congestion issues and improve travel times and reliability, especially during peak periods.

Work on the Tulla Sydney section commenced in December 2009 and is progressing on schedule between Sydney Road and Pascoe Vale Road and from east of the Calder Freeway to Airport Drive, with the new lanes on track to open by the end of 2012.

Thiess Managing Director, David Saxelby, said he was pleased to see the project already benefiting from Thiess’ strong experience in delivering critical infrastructure efficiently.

“We completed the $2.6bn EastLink project five months early. This is yet another important project for Victoria and we look forward to the role it will soon play in positively positioning the state’s roads for future economic growth,” he said.

The Alliance’s contract also includes:

• Widening to three lanes in each direction and a fourth and fifth lane between some interchanges
• Installation of intelligent transport systems such as ramp metering and variable message signs to manage traffic flow
• Reconfiguration of freeway interchanges and ramps to improve traffic throughput
• Provision of landscaping and urban design to enhance the urban amenity.

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