Big project news in SA: A win for MacDow & mega-highway job seeks EOIs.

Big project news in SA- A win for MacDow & mega-highway job seeks EOIs.

One big contract awarded and another in the pipeline for South Australia.

McConnell Dowell has won the contract for the construction of the $160 million O-Bahn City Access Project in South Australia. The project is the latest investment in the public transport network in the state, and aims to get more cars off of the roads and more people using a more efficient, faster, and more accessible service.

McConnell Dowell will be partnering with SAGE Automation to deliver the project. SAGE Automation will be providing their expertise for the electrical and mechanical components of the tunnel, with MacDow as the lead contractor. This will include the security surveillance, lighting, tunnel ventilation system and incident detection systems.

South Australian Transport Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said that McConnell Dowell has delivered some of the key infrastructure projects for South Australia in recent times, and has been involved in many other award-winning projects including the Adelaide Showgrounds Station and the Bakewell Underpass.

Mr Mullighan also said that South Australians will share most of the 450 jobs which are expected to be supported over the project’s life.

The concept design for the O-Bahn City Access Project was announced in February and has been tweaked after receiving feedback from the community.

The revised design includes:

  • A longer tunnel
  • A separated bike lane on Rundle Road
  • Improved connectivity for pedestrians
  • The bus lanes and O-Bahn bus services will no longer run on the East Terrace which has been updated to include loading zones and extra parking spaces (there will be an additional 57 spaces on East Terrace and Rundle Road)
  • On the Botanic Gardens side of Hackney Road, there will be a new walking and cycling path
  • There will now be a shared bridge over the Torrens River for better pedestrian connectivity

McConnell Dowell Chief Executive Scott Cummins said the company is delighted to continue collaborating with the South Australian Government. “We have a proud history of delivering new infrastructure here”, he said, noting that this project will continue that tradition.

Construction for the O-Bahn City Access Project is due to commence in late 2015 and is expected to be completed in late 2017.

Expressions of Interest sought for $985 million Northern Connector Project.

Expressions of interest have also been called for the Northern Connector Project in South Australia. Interested bidders are now able to nominate for consideration for the design and construction of the six-lane 15.5 km link between the Port River Expressway, the South Road Superway, and the Northern Expressway.

The South Australian Government is committing $197 million to the project, with the Australian Government committing the remaining $788 million.

Federal Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher said that the Northern Connector will provide a boost for the local economy and will support approximately 480 jobs each year during construction, as well as stimulating a greater economic contribution from the transport network in South Australia.

More than 52,000 vehicles will be using the Northern Connector during the work week, and the project is part of the 78km North-South Corridor upgrade.

Mr Mullighan said that the project will be subject to a 20 percent weighting under the Industry Participation Policy, which gives companies supporting South Australian workers an advantage when it comes to bidding for government projects.

Early works are expected to commence early next year, and major construction is planned to begin in May 2016.


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Sources: Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, McConnell Dowell, Adelaide Now, In Daily, Prime Mover Magazine, Bus News, ABC

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