The NSW Government committed a record $7.5 billion in 2015–16 to support the NSW roads, maritime and freight infrastructure portfolio. Roads and Maritime Services has delivered a successful program to build and upgrade critical road, maritime and freight networks across NSW.
The massive program of more than 4,000 infrastructure projects provided a range of challenges that we addressed through innovation, smarter technologies and collaborating with our industry partners.
We continued to work hard to improve safety outcomes for our customers, our employees and our partners.
The design, development and delivery of the $16.8 billion WestConnex project continued. In 2015–16 construction continued on the M4 Widening project (between Parramatta and Homebush), construction started on the King Georges Road Interchange Upgrade (in Beverly Hills), planning approval was achieved for the M4 East (Homebush to Haberfield) and the New M5 (Beverly Hills to St Peters), and planning started on the M4–M5 Link and Sydney Gateway.
Tunnelling commenced under Pennant Hills Road for the $3 billion NorthConnex project, which will link the M1 Pacific Motorway at Wahroonga and the Hills M2 Motorway at West Pennant Hills with twin nine kilometre tunnels.
Work to upgrade the Pacific Highway between Hexham and the Queensland border continued, with about 43 kilometres of four-lane divided highway opened to traffic. This included the 26.5 kilometre Frederickton to Eungai project bypassing the 1989 Clybucca bus crash site – one of two major bus crashes that prompted the highway upgrade program. As of 30 June 2016, about 66 per cent, or 437 kilometres, of the estimated final 657 kilometre upgraded highway was complete, with another 116 kilometres in construction.
This year Roads and Maritime continued investigation work for the proposed Berry to Bomaderry Princes Highway upgrade and progressed the $580 million Foxground and Berry bypass. Our teams also completed the $345 million Princes Highway upgrade at Gerringong.
Significant investment was made to improve safety on the Great Western Highway and cater for expected growth along the corridor. In July 2015 the Bullaburra upgrade opened, completing a multi-decade program of works to provide a four‑lane highway to Katoomba. Work continued on the 2.4 kilometre four-lane upgrade between Stockland Drive and Ashworth Drive, Kelso, with the completion of the southern half of Boyd Creek Bridge in July 2015.
Work is progressing on a suite of road projects fast tracked to support the planned airport at Badgerys Creek. Construction continued on Bringelly Road and the Werrington Arterial and started on the first stage of the $1.6 billion upgrade of The Northern Road to improve safety and reduce congestion along the critical north-south corridor. Planning for the future M12 Motorway continued.
The final stage of the Camden Valley Way upgrade in south‑west Sydney was opened in December 2015. Major work has started on the third and final stage of the $340 million Schofields Road upgrade to improve capacity along the east‑west corridor.
The delivery of the $210 million Bridges for the Bush program moved forward with the completion of the Tulladunna Bridge in May 2016, the Kapooka Bridge on the Olympic Highway and the Bemboka Bridge on the Snowy Mountains Highway in June 2016.
Roads and Maritime continues to improve roads in regional NSW with upgrade works to the Newell Highway progressing. The bypass at Moree was completed and realignment work commenced at Grong Grong and Trewilga. These and future upgrades will deliver major improvements to the longest highway in NSW, enhancing the road and freight backbone of inland NSW.
Roads and Maritime completed major upgrades on the commuter ferry wharves at Pyrmont and Meadowbank, and started work on McMahons Point Wharf as part of the wharf upgrade program to improve ferry services for customers. These upgrades are being delivered as part of the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program – an initiative to deliver modern, safe and accessible transport infrastructure.
This year $1.46 billion was invested in the maintenance and repair of roads and bridges across the State. We resurfaced more than 10 per cent of our road network, placing 11.5 million square metres of new bitumen seals and 1.1 million square metres of new asphalt. We also delivered more than $15 million in efficiency savings through our Sydney stewardship maintenance contract program, under which three major providers have accountability for more than 2,700 kilometres of roads across Sydney.
Roads and Maritime invested $62 million in 59 initiatives to ease congestion and optimise the reliability, safety and efficiency of journeys on Sydney’s road network. Key projects included installing seven variable message signs and 22 closed circuit TV cameras, as well as implementing engineering solutions at 12 pinch points around the city.
As part of our Sydney Clearways Strategy, we established 90 kilometres of clearways across 18 road corridors. Our ongoing focus on pedestrian safety and protection also saw vehicle red time extended at 193 signalised intersections, as part of our Safer Roads Program.
Roads and Maritime implemented ‘real-time’ travel information on key corridors including the M1 Motorway, Eastern Distributor, Lane Cove Tunnel, Gore Hill Freeway, Warringah Freeway and M4 Motorway.
In December 2015 the Regional Traffic Operations Centre started 24/7 operations to manage the twin tunnels at St Helena. The centre uses advanced tunnel safety and road transport technologies to improve regional traffic operations for holiday traffic, events and incidents.
We continued to focus on timely and effective communication and engagement with the communities in which we work. Our employees engaged with more than 26,000 community members and stakeholders at more than 400 events to ensure our customers had a say, helping us shape the roads and maritime networks for the people of NSW.
More than 2,236 media releases and traffic alerts were distributed and our websites supported more than 10 million customer visits throughout the year.
Roads and Maritime continued to engage with stakeholders and industry to improve the delivery of our work program. We held the Major Projects 2020 Forum in July 2015 to communicate our forward work program to more than 200 senior industry leaders.
Several other program and project industry briefings and initiatives were held across the year to keep industry engaged with our program. This included holding a Chief Executive round table to discuss how we can better work together to ensure our workers are kept safe while delivering our projects.
We have continued to work with industry to introduce new delivery models and streamline our procurement methodology and processes.
I would like to acknowledge Roads and Maritime employees and our delivery partners whose ongoing commitment to innovation and delivery is highlighted by the achievements in this annual report. Roads and Maritime will continue to enable safe and efficient journeys for the people of NSW in the year ahead.
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