M5 East operation and maintenance contract

9 August 2011

The Roads and Traffic Authority has awarded a $70 million contract to maintain and operate the M5 East Freeway to Leighton Contractors.

A Roads and Traffic Authority spokesperson said the current contract for the operation and maintenance of the freeway expires in December.

“Leighton Contractors has been chosen after a rigorous process to select an operator of this important corridor,” the spokesperson said.

“The operator is responsible for operating and maintaining the freeway, including managing incidents to ensure the more than 100,000 vehicles which travel on the M5 East each day can do so with minimal delays.

“After a transition process which starts next month, Leighton Contractors will take on the official role of freeway operator on 9 December.

“The M5 East is managed from a control centre in Arncliffe which uses a state-of-the-art tunnel control system to ensure all road users are provided with a reliable and safe journey,” the spokesperson said.

The M5 East provides a vital link between south-western Sydney to Port Botany, Sydney Airport, and the CBD.

It runs between General Holmes Drive at Kyeemagh and the M5 South West Motorway at the King Georges Road interchange at Beverly Hills.

The selection process for the contract involved an expression of interest period, followed by a shortlisting process. Shortlisted applicants were then required to submit a detailed tender. The contract is for five years with provision for annual extensions up to another five years.

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