Construction giant John Holland has been awarded the contract to design and construct the Esperance Port Access Corridor Project for Main Roads Western Australia.


Valued at almost $100 million, the project will improve road and rail access to meet the growing use of the port and planned future expansion.


The project will see John Holland realign 1.8 kilometres of road leading into the port and the diversion of 1.3 kilometres of existing railway under the main port access road. The project also calls for the construction of a local road bridge connection over the railway and the construction of a separate multipurpose bridge to divert local and pedestrian traffic away from the port’s main access point.


John Holland Group Managing Director, Glenn Palin, said: “This award highlights our traditional strength in technical engineering and civil construction, along with our niche skills in road, bridge and railway construction.”


He continued, “The project will enable us to build our presence along the south coast of the state, with the establishment of a local office and the development of relationships with local subcontractors allowing us to position well for additional future investment in public infrastructure, particularly in transport and in social infrastructure.” 


Western Region General Manager, Adam Harry, said: “The contract provides an opportunity to build on our already strong relationship with Main Roads and reflects the strength of our project team, the value for money solution put forward to the client, and our record in minimising disruptions to local communities throughout the delivery of major works in dense urban environments.


“It has been a successful year for John Holland in Western Australia, and this new contract consolidates our position as one of the state’s largest deliverers of major public infrastructure. It is particularly pleasing to further cement the role we play in the development of regional Western Australia.”


Construction is due to start in mid-2012, with completion expected by the end of 2013.