DM Roads, Downer Group’s road network management and maintenance business, has been awarded a contract by Transurban to provide maintenance and incident response for one of Australia’s busiest networks.
Under the multi-million dollar contract, DM Roads will be responsible for rapid incident response across part of Melbourne’s road network, including CityLink, along the West Gate Freeway, West Gate Bridge to the M80 interchange, and the West Gate Tunnel once opened.
Dedicated Dm Roads vehicles will be staged around the network to ensure fast response times. DM Roads will also undertake scheduled tunnel closures to keep the CityLink network safe for drivers while minimising disruption to local communities and will provide routine maintenance of roadside assets, vegetation management and maintenance of intelligent transport systems.
The collaboration will also pursue shared sustainability goals between DM Roads and Transurban, such as “creating a waste net-positive network utilising Repurpose It to convert waste into resources,” a statement from DM Roads said.
DM Roads has also committed to directing at least 20 per cent of the value of specialist activities or surge requirements to local social enterprises, indigenous businesses and small to medium enterprises and over 15 per cent of contract labour hours will be worked by Victorians from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds.
DM Roads holds 17 network management contracts across Australia, managing approximately 33,110 kilometres of Australia’s road network.
DM Roads Mobilisation Lead Alan Dinsdale said the contract followed a successful NorthConnex partnership with Transurban.
“Approximately 99 per cent of our delivery team will be directly employed by DM Roads and we are wholly committed to recruiting and reinvesting locally to deliver value for the Victorian economy,” Dinsdale said.
The contract will officially commence on July 1, 2022 for an initial duration of five years.