THE Australian and ACT Governments today announced that SMEC Australia has been selected to undertake and complete the detailed design work on the new Majura Parkway.
Construction of the Majura Parkway project, which was announced earlier this year, is expected to commence towards the end of 2012. The tender process for the design work was announced in September.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, said the awarding of the $6.5 million contract is another significant milestone in the delivery of the long-awaited piece of infrastructure.
"Assessed and recommended by Infrastructure Australia, construction of this road will over time generate economic, social and environmental benefits worth almost $1 billion," Mr Albanese said.
The Majura Parkway will be an 11.5 kilometre long dual carriageway, with the Australian and ACT Governments each contributing $144 million towards its construction.
ACT Territory and Municipal Services Minister Simon Corbell said that once completed and open to traffic in 2016, the Majura Parkway will be an important north-south transport link, providing a direct connection between the Federal and Monaro Highways.
"By 2030, it's expected this new road will be carrying 40,000 vehicles a day, including up to 6,000 trucks. Indeed it will significantly improve the movement of freight both nationally and within our own region," Mr Corbell said.