The design and construction contract for the US$ 1.5bn+ Coffs Harbour Bypass in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, has been awarded. The contract was awarded to a Ferrovial Construction (Australia) Pty Ltd, and Gamuda Australia.
Ferrovial is a leader in design-build construction projects in Australia and New Zealand. Gamuda on the other hand is a fully owned subsidiary of Gamuda Berhad. The company focuses on it’s parent company’s core business of infrastructure design, construction, operation and maintenance.
The companies were awarded the contract through a Joint Venture (JVC) dubbed Ferrovial Gamuda JVC.
Implementation and comments on the project
The Coffs Harbour Bypass project is slated to start major construction early next year. It will enhance about 14 kilometres of the Pacific Highway in Coffs Harbour. The four lanes highway is to bypass Coffs Harbour’s central business district (CBD). It will help divert thousands of vehicles away from the city centre and save motorists time by avoiding up to 12 sets of traffic lights. The scheme is funded in an 80:20 split by the Australian and NSW governments.
The federal infrastructure, transport, regional development, and local government minister Catherine King commented on the project.
She said, “The Australian Government is collaborating with states and territories across the country to bring the projects that matter. The Coffs Harbour Bypass project is expected to not only create local construction jobs but also provide a safer, faster commute for residents. Furthermore, it will increase flood resilience.
Removing thousands of vehicles from the CBD will return Coffs Harbour to the local community. I’m excited to see this major construction project begin.”
NSW deputy premier remarks on the project
Paul Toole the NSW deputy premier also made remarks on the Coffs Harbour Bypass project.
He said, “This is a landmark day for Coffs Harbour because it determines who will construct the largest infrastructure project in the town’s history. The project will be delivered through a single design and construction framework. This will ensure innovation, efficiency, and value for money in introducing the bypass plan to live.
We understand how important the three tunnels are to the community’s vision for their bypass. I want to assure you that that’s exactly what you’ll get with the planning approvals now in place. Everything is ready, early works are on track, and major construction will begin early next year.”