The McConnell Dowell Decmil Joint Venture has been awarded the contract to design and construct the Mordialloc Freeway in Melbourne’s south east.
The 9-kilometre Freeway will link the Mornington Peninsula Freeway at Springvale Road in Aspendale Gardens to the Dingley Bypass in Dingley Village, creating a continuous freeway from Frankston To Clayton.
With more than 75,000 motorists predicted to use this route daily by 2031, the Freeway will be vital to ease congestion and improve safety by removing 13,000 trucks from local roads.
As part of the project, bridges will be built over Springvale, Governor, Lower Dandenong and Centre Dandenong Roads, along with new freeway entry and exit ramps.
A bridge will also be built over Old Dandenong Road to keep it open for Dingley Village residents, and a twin bridge will be built over sensitive wetlands to ensure rainfall and natural light reaches vegetation below.
A new shared walking and cycling path will also be constructed along the entire length of the Mordialloc Freeway, to ensure safe and reliable journeys for members of the public enjoying more active forms of transport.
Motorists using the Mordialloc Freeway can expect quicker and safer and journeys, with north and southbound traffic separated and road safety barriers installed along the inside and outside of each carriageway.
McConnell Dowell is pleased to be partnering with Decmil to deliver this unique and vital part of Melbourne’s road infrastructure, said Jim Frith, Managing Director of McConnell Dowell Australia. “We have a strong team in place to deliver a complex design and construction program, with innovative solutions to building in a sensitive environment.”
Construction of the Mordialloc Freeway will create 400 jobs, which will include 10% of total labour hours allocated to training apprentices, trainees and cadets, building much needed skills within the industry.
Decmil Managing Director, Scott Criddle said, “Decmil is very pleased to be partnering McConnell Dowell and Major Road Projects Victoria on another largescale transport infrastructure project. Our project team working on the early works package will now continue into the main works package to progress the project and delivery programme”.The Mordialloc Freeway has been funded by the Victorian Government and is being delivered by Major Road Projects Victoria. It is due to be completed by late 2021.
In addition, the Joint Venture is committed to sourcing at least 96% of material and employment locally, benefiting the local community and broader economy.