Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the design and construction of the $50 million South Gippsland Highway realignment at Black Spur, Koonwarra have been opened for submission, with tenders to deliver the project expected to open later in 2017.
“The Australian Government is working to ensure regional roads are safer and more efficient. Locally, this funding for the ‘Black Spur’ realignment will help pay for widening road shoulders and introducing flexible safety barriers at key locations.
“This stretch of road is critical to the region, providing access to the major tourist destination of Wilson’s Promontory and a key route for the agriculture, dairy, oil and gas industries. Realigning the stretch will reduce run-off-road crashes, improve efficiency and connectivity for freight and reduce travel times,” Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said.
According to VIC Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan, pre-qualified contractors have been invited to submit EOIs for the project.
“Safety is our top priority. That’s why we’re investing in the realignment of the South Gippsland Highway at Black Spur, to remove several tight curves and widen the road to create a straighter, more level section of highway. As a result the highway will be upgraded to ‘A’ class road standard, which will reduce travel times and improve road safety,” Mr Donnellan said.
Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent said that the successful contractor is expected to be announced early next year and works to commence by mid-2018.
The South Gippsland Highway realignment project is expected to be completed by 2021.
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