Another milestone in delivering WestConnex: King Georges Road Interchange upgrade gets moving
03 September 2014
Joint release with:
NSW Minister for Roads and Freight
Leader of the Government Legislative Council
The Australian and NSW Governments are getting on with delivering the WestConnex motorway, today calling for expressions of interest to build the M5—King Georges Road Interchange Upgrade.
The upgrade would be the first part of WestConnex Stage 2 to get under construction.
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Jamie Briggs said the work would boost the productive capacity of this busy interchange and provide much needed relief for motorists.
“The M5—King Georges Road Interchange Upgrade will create more than 100 new jobs during construction and increase capacity on the eastbound on-ramp and westbound off-ramp between King Georges Road and the M5 East,” Mr Briggs said.
“This will slash travel times for motorists and help unlock the economic capacity of the region meaning more opportunities for local businesses to compete and prosper.
“The Australian Government's $2 billion concessional loan to accelerate WestConnex Stage Two by more than 18 months means major construction will be brought forward to 2015.
“We are getting on with building both WestConnex Stages One and Two at the same time to ensure we create thousands of new jobs, grow the economy more quickly and bust congestion in our cities which is costing the economy billions,” Mr Briggs said.
NSW Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said this milestone is great news for the 100,000 motorists who rely on the M5 corridor each day.
“Expressions of interest are being called for a construct-only contract to carry out the realignment and extension work needed at this interchange ahead of the major work due to take place on the Stage 2 corridor of WestConnex from 2016,” Mr Gay said.
“An environmental impact statement (EIS) for the interchange upgrade is being prepared and will go on exhibition later this year,” Mr Gay said.
The NSW Government is providing $1.8 billion worth of funding and the Australian Government $1.5 billion, in addition to its concessional loan.