Italy’s Salini Impregilo is on the shortlist for the €1.5bn Sydney Gateway roads scheme, the only non-Australian group to qualify.
It must now compete with two others on the shortlist: a joint venture of John Holland and Seymour Whyte; and CPB Contractors.
The project sets out to fill in missing links in Sydney’s motorway network to improve connections from Sydney Airport and Port Botany.
Salini Impregilo said it would "return local streets to the community by enabling around 80,000 vehicles a day (including 10,000 heavy vehicles), to travel on new roads".Â
Bidders will now develop their solutions for the design and construction of the scheme using a Collaborative Contractor Client model, said Transport for NSW.
Construction of the toll-free Gateway is expected to start in late 2020, subject to planning approval.
Transport for NSW is trying to improve infrastructure in a state whose population is expected to grow from 8 million to 12 million by 2056.Â
Salini Impregilo said Australia, which ranks among the world’s biggest investors in infrastructure, is an important market.
Earlier this year it won a contract to build Snowy 2.0, the biggest hydropower station in Australia.
The group is in the midst of building the Forrestfield-Airport Link, a metro line that will connect Perth’s eastern suburbs with the airport and the Central Business District.Â
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