54km of barrier in billion dollar WA gateway project

The Gateway WA Perth Airport and Freight Access Project (Gateway Project) is the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken by Main Roads WA. Australian Construction Products (ACP*) took on the largest barrier project in the state since the Perth Bunbury Highway was constructed in 2009.

The need for the project has been driven by the expected doubling of passenger air travel and the road freight task over the next decade, coupled with proposed consolidation of the Perth airport terminals.

It is being jointly funded by the Federal and State Governments and will cost more than $1b with completion expected by 2016.

The project involves a major upgrade to the road network surrounding Perth Airport and the freight and industrial hubs of Kewdale and Forrestfield. It focuses primarily
on Tonkin Highway, between Great Eastern Highway and Roe Highway, and Leach Highway, between Orrong Road and Perth Airport.

According to Main Roads WA, this area of Perth is arguably WA’s most important transport interchange, where road, rail and air services meet to facilitate the movement of people and goods that are essential to the economy of both the state and the nation.
The project is the largest ever supplied by Safety Barriers WA (SBWA) who have installed over 260km of barrier over the past seven years and won the tender to supply all road barriers, based on their track record of reliability and previous work with contractor Leightons.

Cyndie Woolcock, Director of SBWA, said it is the longstanding relationship with ACP and the trust they have built over the years that keeps them working together and that it was a joint effort to win the work.

“We’d made a commitment to SBWA from the start,” says Paul Kelly from ACP. “We wanted them to win the job so we worked hard on pricing and with the Gateway guys on specification and supply. It’s a partnership with SBWA, we’re here to support them.”

With the project ramping up from around July 2014, 15% of the barriers were installed by early 2015 with the remainder to follow during 2015, requiring up to four installation crews on the project at its height.

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