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Working Around the Clock on the Western Roads Upgrade

The Victorian State Government has invested $1.8 billion to upgrade roads across the western suburbs. The Western Roads Upgrade comprises high-priority road upgrades and more than 260 kilometres of road rehabilitation and maintenance for 23 years across Melbourne’s west.

Civilex is delivering the key upgrade at Dunnings Road and Palmers Road between Princes Freeway and Point Cook Road.

In January, construction increased as we worked around the clock to upgrade the Dunnings Road and Shaftsbury Boulevard roundabout and shared user footpath.

Civilex Senior Project Engineer Dan McKay said, “The Civilex team is focussed on constructing the new road as safely and efficiently as possible, and sometimes night works are a necessary part of what we do. The team door knocked and letter dropped to houses closest to the works to provide residents with advanced notice and details of our activities. We have water suppression running around the clock to control dust, and we have invested in low emission light towers to keep the noise down and minimise disruptions. We work closely with our community and key stakeholders to mitigate the impacts of these works everywhere we can.”

While the team works to upgrade kerbs and footpaths, widening the road and asphalting new lanes at night, the number of construction materials and hours worked on the project works grows.

Some statistics on the recent roundabout construction during January:
• Profiled material 2,825m2
• Concrete poured 200m3
• Asphalt laid 1,530 tonnes
• Telecommunications, power and water services relocated
• Drainage installed 1,330m
• Kerb 890m
• Crushed rock 1,600 tonnes
• Rock excavated 400m3
• Man hours 10,000 hours.

The work is progressing well and we’re on track to have finished this section of Dunnings Road and Palmers towards the end of the year, helping to reduce congestion, deliver more reliable travel times and improve safety in the area.

Civilex is contracted by design and construction lead WBHO Infrastructure, part of the Netflow Western Roads Upgrade consortium – also comprising Cintra and Plenary as joint project sponsors and the Amey and Broadspectrum joint venture as services contractor – contracted by the Victorian Government to deliver the project in partnership with Major Road Projects Victoria.

For more information on the Western Roads Upgrade visit Major Roads Projects Victoria project page.

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