Road infrastructure investment critical to Australia's future

Posted by Design & Construct on 17-Dec-2015 08:07:25

In Construction, Engineering

Roads are a key area of infrastructure in Australia. As the population grows, this puts immense pressure on the existing motorways, causing congestion and logistic delays. 

However, state governments are establishing a number of new projects to improve and extend Australia's roading capacity, creating new opportunities for construction jobs in the process.

Northern Connector down to two bids for tender

The hotly contested tender for the $985 million Northern Connector project has yielded two potential companies for the offer.

The Northern Connector will support over 52,000 car trips per day.

Both the federal and South Australian government have carefully considered applicants for the build, with a heavy weighting on job creation and local industry participation. 

Federal Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher was confident the project would deliver immense benefits, including opportunities for design and construction recruitment. 

"Not only will the Northern Connector deliver enormous productivity benefits for transport operators, primary producers and residents in Adelaide's north and beyond, it will also provide an important boost to the local economy, supporting about 480 jobs a year during construction," he stated.

Construction work is due to start in May 2016 and by June 2018, the new 15.5 kilometre, six-lane expressway should support over 52,000 car trips per day. 

Road investments to create new job opportunities

A recent release from the NSW government highlighted the ongoing investment and activity to increase transport capacity, including road projects. As the government pointed out, Western Sydney is a high-growth area and a key location for future infrastructure work. The NSW allocated $3.6 billion over the next 10 years to help capitalise on the new airport and support future employment and residential developments. 

Roading projects are key for supporting growth in Sydney.
Roading projects are key for supporting growth in Sydney.

Some important projects include stage two work on Narellan Road and the $1.6 billion Northern Road upgrade. Construction on the latter project will commence in January next year, upgrading the existing structures to build a better connection to key areas in Sydney's south-west.

Notable features of the build include the shared bicycle and pedestrian path, extending the capacity to four lanes along the entire 3.3km stretch, improved safety features and three intersection upgrades.  

If you are looking for skilled personnel for your next roading project, the expert recruiters at Design and Construct can help you find the best talent in Australia.