Category 2: Projects with a value of between $5 million and $20 million
Winner: Fulton Hogan – SH3 Vickers to City Upgrade
State Highway 3 is a critical link in New Plymouth and Taranaki’s transport network. Improving capacity on SH3 from Vickers Road to Hobson Street was at the heart of the SH3 Vickers to City Upgrade awarded to Fulton Hogan.
To achieve this, changes were made at seven locations on this approximately two kilometre stretch of state highway. Alongside the existing Waiwhakaiho and Te Henui bridges, two new bridges were built and the road widened to four lanes for the majority of the route.
The project was constructed in a collaborative manner and embraced high levels of stakeholder involvement to ensure the best possible results for the Transport Agency and New Plymouth District Council, as well as the people and industries of New Plymouth and the broader Taranaki community. Fulton Hogan says the ultimate success of the project was due to strong planning to enable ongoing movement of 29,000 vehicles through the site every day while constructing within a brown-field environment, which was dense with existing and new utilities.
Central to the success of the project, which was procured for $17.4 million, was a complete and detailed programme, continual monitoring and adjustment as the works progressed. Fulton Hogan applied consistent analysis of progress that helped to identify opportunities or threats as early as possible. The ultimate success of the project was due to strong planning to enable ongoing movement of vehicles through the site every day while constructing a second bridge over the Waiwhakaiho River; creating two lanes in each direction along most of the route; and improved intersection layouts at seven locations including revised and upgraded traffic signals at two intersections.