M5 upgrade project celebrates first year of completion | Video

An impression of the new M5 project, set to be open to traffic in 2020. Picture: Sydney Motorway Corp

An impression of the new M5 project, set to be open to traffic in 2020. Picture: Sydney Motorway Corp

The $4.3 billion new M5 project has reached a major milestone with one year of construction work now completed.

Project director Ken Reynolds said the anniversary coincided with the completion of the first section of more than 100 concrete planks.

The planks are being installed to build the roof of the new eastbound tunnel portal.

Mr Reynolds said incredible progress had been made in the first year.

He said the project would cut up to half an hour from an average peak journey from Liverpool and south Sydney.

Mr Reynolds said motorists would be able to travel from Beverly Hills to St Peters in about 10 minutes.

“There are around 1,500 workers on site every day and the project remains on track with construction activity under way at all sites, and work for the local road upgrades progressing,” he said.

“Since tunnelling first began last year more than 280,000 tonne of material has now been excavated and access tunnels across all four sites - St Peters, Arncliffe, Bexley and Kingsgrove - have now reached the mainline so work can progress to build the twin nine kilometre tunnels from Kingsgrove to St Peters.

“More than half of the 16 road headers – which will be in action at the peak of construction - are now in the ground with 10 machines working around the clock within the mainline tunnels.” 

The new M5 project will provide relief for motorists travelling on this crucial south-west corridor.

Mr Reynolds said the project had also created significant economic opportunities throughout construction.

“In the past 12 months almost 40,000 cubic metres of concreate has been poured, and more than 5,500 tonnes of steel has been used across the project – all sourced from Australian suppliers,” he said.

“It’s also helped to support more than 300 sub-contractors and almost 400 businesses who have signed contracts to complete jobs such as piling, traffic control management and geo-technical work.

“This number will continue to rise as work ramps up creating more opportunities for western Sydney to thrive.”

Opening to traffic in early 2020, the new M5 will provide new twin tunnels which will run roughly parallel to the existing M5 East, and double the existing motorway corridor from two to four lanes in each direction.

Average travel times on the M5 East will generally be halved and average travel speeds doubled, during peak times for the more than 100,000 motorists who use the corridor every day.

Visit https://www.westconnex.com.au/ for more details.

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