National contractor Abigroup has officially commenced work on the much-anticipated M5 West Widening.
The $400 million project involves the widening of 21km of the M5 South West Motorway in Sydney from two to three lanes in each direction between Camden Valley Way at Prestons and King Georges Road at Beverly Hills and is predicted to increase capacity on the busy route by up to 50%.
NSW Premier the Hon. Barry O'Farrell and Mininster for Roads Duncan Gay surrounded by media at the M5 West site
Following an official event on 8 August attended by dignitaries including NSW Premier and Minister for Western Sydney, the Hon Barry O’Farrell, and NSW Minister for Roads and Ports, Duncan Gay MLC, Abigroup’s NSW General Manager Mark Palmer outlined the importance of the project.
“This project is one that we’re extremely pleased to be delivering as it’s of such importance to the people and economic functioning of the south-west,” said Mr Palmer. “Abigroup has a strong history and impressive track record in infrastructure delivery across south-west Sydney. In recent years we have delivered the Westlink M7 Motorway and the new Alfords Point bridge and look forward to delivering another piece of vital infrastructure to the community.”
The M5 South West Motorway will remain operational throughout the construction period, with two lanes open during peak periods and daytime hours. During night works, the motorway may be reduced to one lane in each direction for short periods.
The project is expected to create employment for over 500 people and is scheduled for completion by late 2014.