Victoria has asked shortlisted consortia on the AUD 2.2bn (USD 1.6bn) Northern and Southern Eastern Roads Upgrade PPPs to respond to a request for proposal by the middle of the year.
The government announced the much-delayed RFP yesterday (24 March), saying that it has refined plans after “2,500 pieces of community feedback”. The 12 projects on the two deals – the Northern and South Eastern Roads Upgrades – will cover arterial roads in the north and south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
The statement did not say what the changes are.
The Northern Road Upgrade will involve work on six roads: Craigieburn Road, Sunbury Road, Epping Road, Childs Road and Bridge Inn Road will be duplicated to boost capacity.
The Southern Eastern project will see extra lanes added at Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road, Lathams Road, Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road and Pound Road West. Hallam North Road and Golf Links Road will also be upgraded.
The winning consortium will maintain the roads for about 20 years. Construction on both projects is expected to start in 2020 and is due to be completed at the end of 2025.
Netflow was awarded the first arterial roads PPP contract in Australia, the Western Roads Upgrade, covering roads in Melbourne’s west.
A government spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.