The consortium comprising of Ferrovial Agroman
has signed the contract to design and build
the Clarence River Crossing, a 1.5-kilometre bridge on the Pacific Highway
, in Australia, for 250 million Australian dollars, equivalent to 172 million euros. The infrastructure will cross the Clarence River at Harwood, in New South Wales. It will be 30 metres in height and will have four lanes
. The bridge will be the longest of over 100 bridges on this stretch of the Pacific Highway, between Woolgoolga and Ballina, once it is upgraded. Construction is expected to commence in mid-2016.
The Clarence River Crossing is the second project obtained by the consortium comprising Ferrovial and Acciona within the plan to upgrade the Pacific Highway to four lanes. In 2014, both companies were selected to upgrade and widen a 19.5 kilometre stretch
of the highway between Warrell Creek and Nambucca Heads, including the construction of several bridges and two interchanges. This was Ferrovial's first big project in Australia.
The Pacific Highway connects Sydney and Brisbane, two of Australia's largest cities, and is one of the country's busiest roads. The expansion and upgrading work is being co-financed by the governments of Australia and New South Wales.
This contract strengthens Ferrovial's presence in Australia. Last year its subsidiary, Cintra, along with Plenary Group and Acciona Concesiones, was awarded the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing
highway in Queensland in 2015, with an investment of 1.6 billion Australian dollars. Ferrovial Agroman is involved in the design and building and Broadspectrum will carry out the operation and maintenance.