Shortlist for M4 widening contract announced

Shortlist for M4 widening contract announced

13 March 2014

Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay has today announced a shortlist of preferred contractors to build the first section of WestConnex.

“WestConnex is a game changing project and will provide first class transport infrastructure to connect Sydney’s west and south west with the CBD, airport and port,” Minister Gay said.

“This 33 kilometre motorway is well overdue and today we take another important step forward in getting construction started.

“We received strong interest from Australian and overseas contractors to design and construct the M4 Widening, with six submissions received in response to the expressions of interest invitation.

“WestConnex Delivery Authority (WDA) has had a difficult task reducing the list to four, with a request for tenders to be made soon and the contract to be awarded later this year.

“This is just the first of a number of opportunities for the construction industry to get involved in this flagship project.

“And throughout construction, WestConnex will create 10,000 local jobs including hundreds of apprenticeships.”

The four successful contractors who will be invited to tender are:

  • Lend Lease Engineering;
  • McConnell Dowell OHL joint venture;
  • Rizzani De Eccher Leighton joint venture; and
  • Thiess

The project involves widening the M4 between Church Street, Parramatta and Homebush Bay Drive, Homebush from three to four lanes in each direction.

The environmental assessment for the M4 Widening is also under way and progressing well, with an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) expected to be displayed for community comment mid-year.

“The EIS is a detailed assessment of a wide range of factors for the project ahead of planning approval and the community will be invited to provide feedback.

“We are right on track to start work early 2015.”

The M4 Widening along with the M4 East tunnel to Haberfield make up the 13.5 kilometre Stage 1 of WestConnex.

WestConnex will revolutionise the way Sydneysiders travel about our great city, cutting 40 minutes off a typical journey from Parramatta to the airport, and bypassing up to 52 sets of traffic lights.

Visit for more information, including in eight community languages, to have your say or register for project updates.

Media: Lance Northey or 0467 743 192 or Marie Scoutas 0467 739 976

View the original media release (PDF).

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