Construction of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $66 million Koo Wee Rup Bypass is one step closer with VicRoads shortlisting companies for the construction of the 3.4 kilometre road link, Minister for Roads Terry Mulder said today.
Mr Mulder said the new two-lane arterial road connecting Koo Wee Rup Road and the South Gippsland Highway will improve safety and help reduce the impacts of traffic, and particularly trucks travelling through the Koo Wee Rup town centre.
“The Coalition Government is delivering on its election commitment to get the trucks out of the main street,” Mr Mulder said.
“The bypass will help revitalise Koo Wee Rup by redirecting around 6,000 vehicles, including about 900 trucks, away from the township each day.”
Member for Bass Ken Smith said it would improve the town’s main street in many ways.
“This will improve air quality, reduce traffic noise and create a more pleasant environment for local people, visitors and shoppers in the town,” Mr Smith said.
“Importantly it will help reduce delays during holiday periods when traffic increases significantly as people head toward Victoria’s south-east and to Phillip Island.”
Member for Eastern Victoria Region Edward O’Donohue said it was a very significant project.
“Works on the new two-lane road will include constructing roundabouts at Rossiter Road and at the South Gippsland Highway, and a new intersection at Manks Road with revised access arrangements to enter the township,” Mr O’Donohue said.
“It’s important to involve the construction industry early, in planning for this challenging project before going to tender, as much of the new road will be built through flood-prone, former swamp land.”
Mr Mulder said the project was another example of the Coalition Government’s efforts to provide the infrastructure Victoria needs. This follows recent announcements on short-listing of companies for our $350 million grade separation projects, 40 new railcars for V/Line and the on time and on budget completion of the Peninsula Link.
VicRoads recently invited expressions of interest from companies for the construction of the bypass. AbiGroup Contractors Pty Ltd, John Holland Pty Ltd and McConnell Dowell Constructors Pty Ltd have been shortlisted to tender for the project. These three shortlisted companies have the expertise and capability to manage construction of the project.
The shortlisted companies will tender for the project following the finalisation of the Planning Scheme Amendment which is expected in late January or early February this year. A contract for the works is expected to be awarded in mid-2013.
With construction to start in late 2013 the Koo Wee Rup Bypass is expected to open by late 2015.