THE Victorian Government last week announced that it has shortlisted BMD, CPB Contractors, Laing O'Rourke and Seymour Whyte to submit tenders for the $110 million Chandler Highway Upgrade, with the selected contractor expected to be announced before the end of the year.
According to the government, each of the shortlisted companies demonstrated innovative design and an understanding of the specific needs of the project and will refine their design over coming months.
As part of the project, the highway will be widened to six lanes and a new bridge will be constructed over the Yarra River. The intersection at Heidelberg Road will be upgraded and safety will be boosted by installing traffic lights at Yarra Boulevard.
The historic 125-year-old Chandler Highway Bridge will be converted to a shared user path for cyclists and pedestrians, while cyclists will also be able to cross the highway via a new underpass near Yarra Boulevard.
Construction is due to commence in early 2017 and be completed in mid-2018.