Pound Road West upgrade project in Melbourne to improve access in and around the Dandenong South employment hub.

Seymour Whyte has won a contract for the Pound Road West upgrade project in Melbourne — following a collaborative tender with repeat client Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV).

John Kirkwood, Seymour Whyte Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, said he was excited to be working with Major Road Projects Victoria, to deliver another important infrastructure project for Victorians.

Mr Kirkwood said, “Seymour Whyte is committed to delivering positive social outcomes throughout the delivery of the Pound Road West Upgrade project by providing employment opportunities through direct and targeted engagement of the local supply chain.”

“We recognise the important financial, environmental and social value that infrastructure projects, like the Pound Road West Upgrade, deliver to the local economy. We feel privileged to be working alongside MRPV, to deliver local jobs and business opportunities in the local region.”

The project involves the widening of Pound Road West and Remington Drive from two lanes to four lanes over 2km, extending from Abbotts Road to South Gippsland Highway, Dandenong South in Melbourne’s south east.

The project includes building a new bridge over the Cranbourne rail line to connect Pound Road West and Remington Drive, as well as strengthening and resurfacing the Frankston-Dandenong Road bridge over the Cranbourne/Pakenham rail lines.

Also included as part of the contract are upgrades to four intersections, building a new shared walking and cycling paths on both sides of the road, and installing road safety barriers to lower the risk and severity of road traffic accidents.

Seymour Whyte’s General Manager for Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, Courtney Hoops said value engineering and sustainability are a key focus on this project.

Mr Hoops said, “The project is targeting an ‘Excellent’ sustainability rating for project design and as-built assessment, from the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) – Australia’s peak industry body for advancing sustainability outcomes in infrastructure.”

“Our team worked collaboratively with MRPV throughout the tendering phase to improve design and constructability; and deliver positive social outcomes for the community. We look forward to working with MRPV, our project partners and stakeholders to realise these benefits for our community.”

“The project’s sustainability initiatives are aimed at managing climate change risks, developing climate resilient infrastructure for our communities, and maximising the sustainable social, economic and environmental outcomes on the project”, he said.

Some of the initiatives include:

  • material reuse on-site including excavated road base material
  • a reduction in Portland cement content by a minimum of 30% in the non-structural project components
  • use of bidim®Green in roadside pavements, a nonwoven geotextile made from Australian recycled polymers
  • footpath construction using eMesh concrete, 100% recycled plastic used in place of steel reinforcing mesh
  • providing opportunities for Victorian Aboriginal people and businesses.

Environmental impacts during construction will be minimised by working closely with stakeholders, including businesses within the industrial precinct. Bespoke environmental sustainability management plans and measures for erosion and sediment control, and vegetation biodiversity management will be implemented on the project to protect and enhance the environment.

The upgrade will reduce growing traffic pressure on the South Gippsland Highway and Abbotts Road, as well as improve access in and around the Dandenong South employment hub.

Strengthening the existing four lane Frankston-Dandenong Road bridge will increase load capacity as well as improve productivity for the industrial precinct by supporting vehicles travelling to and from Dandenong City Centre.

Following early enabling works construction work will start in October 2021 and will take approximately two years to complete.

Please visit seymourwhyte.com.au for current employment opportunities or to register your interest to supply services for this project.