WestConnex New M5 is a key element of the WestConnex master plan for Sydney. It duplicates the existing heavily congested M5 tunnel, and, once completed, will separate city bound and airport bound traffic to ultimately ease congestion and connect communities.
Aurecon, in partnership with Jacobs, will provide key engineering design services across design management, civil, tunnel, road, bridge, cut & cover, drainage, HV &LV, lighting, M&E spatial, water treatment, environmental, traffic modelling and buildings services for the CPB Dragados Samsung Joint Venture (CDSJV).
The Aurecon Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) team in particular are tasked with delivering the designs for all ITS equipment deployed for the project. This includes electronic signs (Tunnel Message Signs, Integrated Speed Limit and Lane Usage Signs, Variable Message Signs), traffic detection and monitoring devices (Vehicle Detection Loops, Closed Circuit Television Cameras) and tunnel closure devices (Overheight Detection, Moveable Physical Barriers). The designs also include ITS communications cableway routes and fibre topologies.
At a glance, the WestConnex New M5 consists of:
Overall, the wider WestConnex project will directly benefit millions of people every day through safer connections to communities, and more efficient travel times for freight and cars.
The project is expected to be open to traffic in 2020.