Brisbane, Queensland


Department of Transport and Main Roads



  • Roads
  • Bridges


2010 – 2013

Contract value

$350 – 400 million 

Port Connect: Port of Brisbane Mwy

Fast facts

1.6 million

man hours recorded

8 months

ahead of program schedule

80,000 tonnes

of asphalt batched onsite per month

145,000 hours

training recorded (60% greater than target)

6 km

motorway upgrade

6 no.

new bridges constructed totalling 562 metres


Delivered by BMD Seymour Whyte Joint Venture in partnership with designer GHD, for the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Port Connect is a $385 million design and construction upgrade of the Port of Brisbane Motorway. Constructed within a narrow corridor under live motorway traffic conditions (with 45% heavy vehicles), the scope included:

  • 6km of motorway upgrade (3km duplication and 3km motorway extension within a brownfield environment)
  • Six new bridges including one new interchange overpass
  • Imported embankment material for construction over low-lying ground with high water table
  • Extensive soft ground treatments required to overcome deep compressible soils to 25m thickness
  • Heavy duty asphalt pavements (including construction under traffic
  • EPBC conditions for design and construction due to marine environment and RAMSAR wetlands
  • Major PUP management including relocations and protections of assets servicing the Port of Brisbane (PoB) and the Caltex Refinery (both 24hr operations)
  • Design and installation of an ITS network to integrate with the wider motorway networks and with a focus on safe and reliable heavy vehicle operations.

The Motorway opened to live traffic in December 2012, eight months early. Our project management success is demonstrated by our ability to meet and exceed stringent client requirements while protecting and developing our people, delivering a quality product ahead of time and on budget and respecting our place including the surrounding businesses, community members and environment.

Our focus on the value of workmanship and doing things right the first time resulted in exceptional quality; further enhancing value for our client. The design and construction teams worked side-by-side to employ smart design and engineering solutions to address 30-metre deep soft soils, flat topography prone to flooding, and a busy brownfield transport corridor. Our ability to adopt sound and original practices has sparked the team to share lessons learnt through 10 technical papers and conference presentations.

We deliberately created a culture committed to safety where everyone was a safety leader, irrespective of role. We provided training opportunities which led to improved quality, better employment prospects and industry recognition through seven training and safety awards.

“In my role as the Transport and Main Roads Representative for the project I was was able to witness first-hand the exceptional project management of a complex project by the Port Connect team. The team skilfully developed innovative design solutions and smart construction methods through the active promotion of integration and collaboration within the team and with key stakeholders. This enabled the project to be delivered eight months ahead of schedule and significantly under budget.”

Robert Tutticci, Manager Program Planning & Corridor Management (Metropolitan Region TMR),  March 2013

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