Seymour Whyte-CPB JV awarded Western Highway Duplication

Seymour Whyte continues to make inroads into the Victorian infrastructure market, with its 50/50 joint venture with CPB Contractors being awarded the $84.8M contract to build the 12.5 km duplication of the Western Highway between Buangor and Ararat.

Seymour Whyte Regional Manager – Southern Steve Lambert said the company was looking forward to its first joint venture with CPB Contractors.

“Both teams worked well together on innovative solutions during the tender phase, and will bring complementary strengths to the construction of this much needed and vital piece of infrastructure,” Mr Lambert said.

“We look forward to working on this project with our client VicRoads, CPB Contractors, and the local communities and stakeholders over the coming months.”

The contract announcement signaled an important step in building safer roads throughout the state. There were 91 crashes between Ballarat and Stawell in the five-year period to June 2017, including eight fatalities and 51 serious injuries.

Works on the duplication will include an upgrade to two lanes in each direction (with additional turning lanes), a new bridge over the railway line, two new bridges over the Hopkins River and an interchange at Hillside Road including entry and exit ramps.

Construction will commence in March 2018 and is expected to take approximately two years.

The Australian Government has committed $499.3M and the Victorian Government $160.3M to the overall Western Highway duplication between Ballarat and Stawell.Artist impression of the new duplicated section, with the existing Western Freeway highlighted in yellow.

Artist impression of the new duplicated section, with the existing Western Highway highlighted in yellow.