Major construction on the $630 million Albion Park Rail Bypass - as part of the Princes Highway upgrade - in New South Wales is one step closer to commencing, with Fulton Hogan announced as the preferred builder for the project.
Fulton Hogan was chosen to build the multi-million dollar bypass after a competitive tender process that shortlisted three companies, which includes CPB Contractors and a joint venture between BMD Constructions and John Holland.
“The award of this contract to Fulton Hogan to design and deliver the bypass is a significant milestone, as it means the project is on track with the timeline announced at the last state election.
“Fulton Hogan will now work on the detailed design and I look forward to working with them,” Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward said.
Key features of the Albion Park Rail Bypass project will include:
- Building two lanes in each direction divided by a median, with capacity for future upgrades to three lanes
Three interchanges at Yallah, Albion Park and Oak Flats that will connect the local road network with the Princes Highway
- New bridges over Duck Creek, the Macquarie Rivulet and Frazers Creek
- New bridges over the Princes Highway and Tongarra Road
- A new bridge over the South Coast Rail Line
- Improved pedestrian and cyclist facilities
This bypass is set to completed the high-standard road that will run between Sydney and Bomaderry.
Source: Roads and Maritime Services
Construction on the Albion Park Rail Bypass is projected to commence within the 2018-19 financial year, with a three-year construction timeframe.
In addition, works have commenced to reconfigure the Croome Regional Sporting Complex in March of this year, which is part of the early works for the bypass. Works on the sporting complex include a new cricket and AFL oval, grass netball courts, changes to the rugby league fields, new parking, amenities building and landscaping.
“Work to reconfigure the sporting complex is the cornerstone of the bypass project, as it will free up land and become part of the 9.8 kilometre expansion of the Princes Motorway,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on a previous statement.
The Albion Park Rail Bypass is expected to open to traffic in 2022.
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