Currently, construction projects of all sizes abound in Australia. But, of special interest to most observers are the really large infrastructure projects. One such project is the WestConnex (NSW) that will link both the areas of Western and South Western Sydney with cities, ports, and airports along a 33 kilometer continuous motorway. This particular project is Australia’s largest infrastructure project and sports a US $16 billion price tag..
WestConnex (NSW) Benefits
WestConnex will provide a wide range of key benefits for Australians, including:
~ A reduction of traffic on the local streets,
~ The creation of new urban renewal opportunities,
~ Moving heavy vehicles and other traffic to underground motorways,
~ Improvements in motorway access and better connections to Western Sydney.
~ Connections to the city’s key employment hubs,
~ Motorists’ ability to bypass as many as 52 traffic signals between Beverly Hills and Parramatta.
~ Linking Greater Sydney to the international gateways at both Port Botany and Sydney Airport, as well as future projects like the F6 extension, the Western Harbour Tunnel, and the BeachesLink.
Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail (National)
The Inland Rail project will run US $9.3 billion to complete and is considered to be a “once-in-a-generation project”. It is expected to not only enhance the local and national supply chains but also to bring about the completion of the virtual foundation of Australia’s freight network. This project will accomplish that via a new and improved transit time of less than 24 hours for freight trains running from Melbourne to Brisbane by way of regional Victoria, Queensland, and New South Wales.
This construction project was designed for transforming the way that Australians are moving freight all over the country. It will be more efficiently connecting regional Australia to all markets, while also delivering substantial financial savings for consumers and producers alike, and providing other very significant economic benefits.
It’s made up of 13 individual projects that span over 1,700 km, making it the biggest infrastructure project that involves freight rail in all of Australia. On top of that, it’s also one of the most significant infrastructure projects worldwide.
West Gate Tunnel (VIC)
The West Gate Tunnel Project is so much more than a road. It will also be making Melbourne’s north and west a greatly improved place for living, working and playing. Construction is already underway for building this alternative to the West Gate Bridge.
Through a partnership with Transurban, the Victorian Government will be delivering the West Gate Tunnel Project, thereby giving the people of Melbourne another major freeway link between the city and the west. This will help them overcome many of Melbourne’s many transport challenges
Today, more than 200,000 vehicles every day are relying just on the West Gate Bridge, which means that any single incident could end up stopping all of the traffic. Another problem is that trucks in the west are forced into using the local roads just for getting to the Port. This new project will also effectively put an end to Melbourne having to rely on the West Gate Bridge with this new tunnel linking to the port, as well as CityLink and the City.
This US $6.8 billion project is being built by construction contractor John Holland and CPB Contractors and (CPBJH JV) and will soon be providing several options that are much needed in the area, including:
~ A second river crossing,
~ Safer and faster journeys,
~ The complete removal of many thousands of trucks from the once-quiet residential streets.
Everybody’s travel will be made much easier, which will
Give the local people the choice of taking either the bridge or the tunnel,
Get 9,000 trucks off of local streets,
Enable 24-hour truck bans on six of the local roads,
Provide a better connection of the Melbourne freeway network for helping both goods and people move around,
Offer better management of the traffic flow via smart technology
Provide more than 14 kilometres of new cycling and walking paths.
In addition, this project will aid in peoples’ better health and wellbeing as it will”
Improve the air quality while diminishing noise with the removal of trucks from the local streets,
Move the westbound tunnel exit much farther away from homes,
Provide new crossings over major roads and the West Gate Freeway,