A $1.8 million upgrade of Western Melbourne roads will benefit 1200 apprentices, trainees and former autoworkers.In a tour to Victoria Polytechnic today Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan and Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll today to tour announced the initiative, one of Melbourne's biggest ever suburban roads upgrades.
A combination of road widening, duplications and intersection upgrades to fix eight congested roads in Melbourne’s west are planned over the next five years.
Netflow consortium has been selected as the preferred tender to build eight major road upgrades in Point Cook, Truganina, Tarneit, Laverton North, Werribee and Hoppers Crossing.
In an Australian-first, the consortium will maintain more than 260 kilometres of roads through Melbourne’s west for the next 20 years as part of the Public Private Partnership – keeping more than 200 workers in long term employment.
Former automotive workers, cadets, trainees, apprentices and local firms will share in work building and maintaining the revamped road network.
The upgrades and ongoing maintenance will cut congestion on these key arterial roads, remove bottlenecks and provide more efficient freight routes to keep trucks off local roads.
Major construction is ready to start in early 2018 and be complete by 2021. Premier Daniel Andrews said work would begin within a few months.
“We’re not wasting a moment getting on with these vital upgrades. Work starts next year to get the west moving again and create local jobs. This multi-billion upgrade will not only fix some of Melbourne’s most congested roads – it will create more than 1,200 jobs in Melbourne’s west," he said.
“From former auto workers to young Victorians looking to get a start in the workforce – our major projects are creating opportunities for local people and local businesses,” added Ben Carroll, Minister for Industry and Employment.
See Melbourne civil construction and roads current tenders at Australian Tenders. There are also future tenders in these categories. Currently there are over 600 open tenders in Melbourne across all categories.
See the Western Roads Upgrade site for more information.