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Western Roads Upgrade

– Doherty’s Road, West Project

Fast Facts
Project:                Western Roads Upgrade (Project 6: Dohertys Road – West)
Client:                  Department of Treasury and Finance (Vic)
Contract type:      Public-Private Partnership
Value:                 $15.7m
Duration:             December 2017 – March 2020

The Road

Dohertys Road is an east-west arterial road between Dukelows Road in Mount Cottrell and Grieve Parade in Altona North. The road is over 21km in length and traverses the suburbs of Mount Cottrell, Tarneit, Truganina, Laverton North and Altona North.

Melbourne-based civil construction provider Ace Construction is playing a leading role in the delivery of the Doherty’s Road West upgrade project, which supports the Truganina Employment Area Precinct Structure Plan (PSP).

The Project

The Western Roads Upgrade (WRU) Project is the first stage of $4 billion Suburban Roads Upgrade (SRU) program, which forms a key component of the Victorian Government’s major infrastructure development agenda.

Once complete, the project will provide a range of benefits for industry, local businesses, commuters and the broader community by boosting road connectivity to some of Melbourne’s biggest growth areas and providing a more reliable east-west connection to the freeway network.

The Benefits

The WRU Project will provide substantial benefits for road users, industries and communities in Melbourne’s burgeoning Western Growth Corridor, and includes the extensive upgrade of the Western end of key arterial Doherty’s Road.

Importantly, it will also promote walking and cycling by adding a new shared path and improve travel reliability and safety for all road users.

The details

Currently underway, the project features:

  • Duplication of Dohertys Road between Palmers Road and Foundation Road to a four lane, two-way divided road.
  • Signalisation of the Dohertys Road access to the Port Phillip Prison, including allowance for a new industrial connector road to provide the fourth leg of the intersection.
  • Modification of all other intersections along Dohertys Road to suit the road duplication.
  • Construction of shared use paths on both sides of Dohertys Road along the project length, and improved connectivity to existing paths.
  • Upgrade of existing longitudinal and cross drainage networks to suit the road duplication.
  • Construction of street lighting and landscape treatments along the project length.
  • Protection, repair, replacement, alteration and relocation of utility infrastructure as necessary to suit the road duplication.

Meter Upgrade Works

– Goulburn Murray Irrigation District, Victoria

The GMW Connection Project is a $2 billion irrigation modernisation project in Victoria’s Goulburn Murray Irrigation District (GMID). The GMID covers 68,000km2 and is Australia’s most extensive irrigation network, stretching from past Swan Hill in the west to Cobram in the east and encompassing an agricultural hub known as Victoria’s Food Bowl. The project aims to secure water savings of 429 GLpa through modernisation and rationalisation of the water supply system, including on farm irrigation efficiency activities.

Pictured is a typical site of the meter upgrade works that our ACE Water division worked on back in 2015. The old wheel is removed and replaced with remotely operated outlets. The steel ‘coffer’ dam sits in the channel and seals the channel bank, allowing the crew to remove the old wheel and install the new outlet without getting wet.

This particular installation is a 600mm outlet and will deliver up to 20 megalitres of water per day to the farm.  It is computer controlled remotely from Goulburn Murray Water’s office, some 25 km away.  The slip-gate opens and closes automatically, and adjusts the flow rate to whatever the farmer requires.

GMW appointed TransCom Connect as the Main Contractor for the GMW Connections Project.
Ace has been contracted as part of a panel to deliver irrigation meter construction for the GMW Connections Project.
The Meters Program is a key component of the GMW Connections Project and involves the replacement or rationalisation of existing irrigation outlets (predominantly Dethridge wheels) with modernised, electronic meters.

This provides:

  • Increased measurement accuracy to meet Australian Metering Standards.
  • Increased levels of service to suit the needs of different customer types (flow rates and timing).
  • More consistent flow rates to farms.
  • The ability to integrate with on-farm systems.

Typically, the works involve removing the old Dethridge wheel and replacing it with an electronic meter and concrete pit.
A temporary steel ‘coffer’ dam is constructed in the channel to prevent water entering the pit site. This allows the construction crew to remove the old wheel and install the new concrete pit without getting wet.
The new meter installation is integrated into Goulburn Murray Water’s radio network and controlled remotely from their operations support centre. The slip-gate opens and closes automatically, and adjusts the flow rate to the requirements of the farmer.

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