Transport Minister Eric Charlton today announced Transfield Thiess Joint Venture (TTJV) as the preferred proponent for design and construction of the Burswood Bridge stage of the City Northern Bypass.
He said the joint venture of Transfield Construction Pty Ltd and Thiess Contractors Pty Ltd had been selected from a short-list of three proponents following registration of interest in May. The Main Roads' City Northern Bypass project team would now enter into detailed contractual negotiations with an award of contract expected early in 1997.
"The Burswood Bridge is the key element to in the intent of the City Northern Bypass," Mr Charlton said.
"The bypass will provide a much needed east-west metropolitan transport route for through traffic which currently is forced to use the Causeway and city streets such as Riverside Drive.
"By providing a new road crossing of the Swan River, we will reduce congestion on the Causeway which in turn will allow for the introduction of bus priority lanes.
"Reduced congestion in the central city area will allow for improved pedestrian and cyclist facilities which are planned in association with completion of the bypass."
Mr Charlton said work would start on the Burswood Bridge stage of the bypass during 1997. The other two tenderers were the Baulderstone Clough Joint Venture (BCJV) and Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd. BCJV were the contractors for the first stage which included the Northbridge tunnel.
"Both stages of the bypass are scheduled to be completed simultaneously in mid-2000," the Minister said.
The Burswood Bridge contract involves works between East Parade and Great Eastern Highway. As well as the six lane bridge structure alongside the existing rail bridge, the works involve major interchanges at East Parade and at Great Eastern Highway/Orrong Road, dual use path facilities, a road bridge across the bypass at Riversdale Road and relocation of the Perth-Armadale railway line to include a new Belmont railway station.
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