BMD Constructions has been awarded the contract, which involves the duplication of approximately 15 kilometres of highway between Armytage and Warncoort. The package of works also includes the construction of a new bridge and strengthening of the existing bridge at the rail crossing near Armytage, construction of two new bridges over Birregurra Creek and the removal of the railway level crossing near Warncoort.
“These works will specifically benefit industries in western Victoria, such as dairy, agriculture and forestry by providing reliable, safer roads to create a more efficient Princes Highway,” said Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester in a statement.
Construction is expected to begin in late 2016. Construction is already underway on other stages of the Princes Highway West project between Winchelsea and Armytage, as well as in Colac East.
The Australian Government has committed $181.7 million towards the Princes Highway West—Winchelsea to Colac project with the Victorian Government providing a matching $181.7 million contribution.
All works between Winchelsea and Colac are expected to be completed by the end of 2019.