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Economic growth, ageing infrastructure, rising congestion and underfunding are putting pressure on existing land transport networks. These challenges are compelling road-controlling agencies, governments, councils and municipalities to reconsider strategy and adopt a whole-of-life approach.

For more than 50 years, we have delivered innovative road systems including rehabilitation, expansion and development of new highways, complex interchanges, toll roads, bridges and tunnels. Our planners and engineers provide integrated services to plan, design, construct, maintain and manage all aspects of the road corridor life cycle.

From planning and procurement through to feasibility and investigation, and design, construction, delivery and maintenance, our clients enjoy bespoke solutions for roads that incorporate masterplanning, funding and economic analysis, transport planning, asset management, environmental management, risk management and more.

Our services include:

  • Planning - Masterplanning, transport, traffic and strategic route planning, bicycle and pedestrian planning studies, road safety audits, parking and corridor studies, and procurement strategies
  • Feasibility - Economics, concept design, financing, environmental appraisals, funding options and AusLink grant assistance
  • Investigation - Geotechnical, risk and option analysis, surveys, estimates, geological assessments, foundations, contract documentation and tender evaluation
  • Design and engineering - Geometric design, structural advice, bridges, tunnels, tollways, signals, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and pavements
  • Construction - Project, risk and tender management, procurement, D&C, owner’s agent and alliances
  • Maintenance - Network, asset and life cycle management, systems/process pavement management and deteriorating modelling

For further information, contact:

Russell Clayton
Service Line Leader, Road Systems – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61 8 6222 8769
E: Russell Clayton

John Westland
Service Line Leader, Road Systems – North America
T: +1 905 814 4358
E: John Westland 

17 Mile Drive/Holman Highway 68/Highway 1 Roundabout Intersection ICE, Monterey, California, USA

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As part of our integration with Omni-Means, GHD prepared a roundabout solution to improve the intersection of SR 68/SR 1 including access to 17 Mile Drive.

Existing delays at the location including various intersections operating at Level of Service (LOS) “D” and “F” during certain peak hours were becoming unsustainable and all intersections except SR 68/CHOMP were predicted to reach a LOS "F" by the year 2035. This meant that the EB approach on SR 68 during morning peak will have queues of 42 vehicles with similar queuing for the EB and WB approach during PM peak after 2025. In order to mitigate this, we prepared a transportation operations study to support the ICE process and presented the results of conceptual alternatives.

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Bridge rehabilitation and road improvements

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GHD’s inspection of the 18 m span Wentworth Street Bridge in Oshawa, Canada for the Region of Durham revealed a number of serious safety concerns.

These included substandard narrow traffic lanes and sidewalk, non-existent clearance between the edge of the exterior lane and sidewalk, deterioration in the condition of the bridge and a barrier system that didn’t comply with the relevant regulations.

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Burwood Highway Pedestrian Bridge

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GHD was engaged by Southern and Eastern Integrated Transport Authority to develop a concept and detailed design of the Burwood Highway Pedestrian Bridge as part of EastLink.

GHD developed concept designs that were economical and retained consistency with other pedestrian bridges on the EastLink project. The selected design provided an aesthetic and functional bridge that would not inhibit future development.

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Church Street Bridge

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GHD was engaged by VicRoads to assist with the development and implementation of rehabilitation work for a Melbourne icon, the Church Street Bridge.

The Church Street Bridge spans City Link and the Yarra River in Melbourne. It was built in the 1920s and consists of three spans and reinforced concrete pinned arches supporting a reinforced concrete deck. The external surfaces are rendered.

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Circulation Improvement Program, traffic model, and transportation impact fee update, Jackson, California, USA

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As part of our integration with Omni-Means, GHD has assisted the City of Jackson to address the multimodal needs of the community.

Utilizing a Caltrans Community Based Transportation Planning grant, the Amador County Transportation Commission, in conjunction with the city, retained us to execute a Circulation Improvement Program. This comprised:

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East West Link

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GHD has been working as part of the East West Link Planning Alliance alongside the NZ Transport Agency, Beca and Buddle Findlay since 2016 to deliver the suite of consents for the project with the aim of having the NZD1.25 to NZD1.85 billion project ‘tender ready’ by December 2017.

The East West Link is one of the New Zealand Government’s top priority transport projects in Auckland. It is also one of the top priority projects identified in the ‘Auckland Plan’ – the planning guide for the city. The project aims to:

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Interstate 5/Deschutes Road interchange improvements

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As part of our integration with Omni-Means, GHD was engaged by the City of Anderson to study and develop interchange improvement alternatives, including the addition of a new northbound off-ramp, at the I-5/Deschutes Road interchange. The need to increase transport safety and efficiency is driven by large-scale development proposals in the vicinity.

This study included detailed traffic modeling, traffic operations analysis, and preliminary design alternatives. We also prepared a detailed Roundabout Conceptual Approval Report, Project Study Report, Project Report, and environmental approvals for the roundabout interchange. After the Traffic Impact Fee Program (also produced by GHD) was adopted by the City of Anderson and Shasta County in 2007, funding was secured in 2011 to undertake design phase 1 of the project, which includes a new off-ramp and 5-leg/2-lane roundabout for northbound traffic.

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Michael Herbert Bridge

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GHD worked collaboratively with the client, City of Holdfast Bay, on the development of the Michael Herbert Bridge (formerly King Street Bridge) which opened with a well-attended community opening ceremony.

GHD was intricately involved in all aspects of the project including architectural, structural, civil and traffic, geotechnical investigation, environmental risk assessments, urban design, procurement services, superintendent services and construction phase services.

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Réfection d’un pont et améliorations routières

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L’inspection par GHD du pont Wentworth Street Bridge, d’une longueur de 18 m, pour le compte de la région de Durham à Oshawa (Canada) a révélé un certain nombre de problèmes de sécurité importants.

Ces derniers comprenaient des voies de circulation étroites et troittoirs ne respectant pas les normes, l’absence de dégagement entre la bordure de la voie extérieure et le trottoir, la détérioration de l’état du pont, ainsi que des éléments de sécurité (trottoirs et glissières) non conformes à la réglementation en vigueur.

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Road resurfacing improves accessibility

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Resurfacing of a 3300 m stretch of Danforth Road for the City of Toronto in Canada posed some specific challenges for GHD.

As part of our engagement to provide the design and tender preparation for the road, we addressed the need for sidewalk grades to conform to the city’s Accessibility Guidelines, and the location of catch basins in the travelled portions of the lanes.

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Sorell Causeway

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GHD provided the client with an innovative bridge design that improved the project durability and constructibility.

Upon completion, the 460m long replacement of the Sorell Causeway across Pitt Water, east of Hobart, was the only match-cast, precast segmental ‘channel’ road bridge built outside of Europe or the United States. It was built just to the south of the original bridge which was demolished after the completion of the new bridge. GHD proposed the channel concept during the tender stage as an alternative design. Detailed design was completed once the contract was awarded. The unique cross section of the bridge was very efficient and provided many advantages compared to other conventional designs. The design made extensive use of precast technology to achieve the owner’s durability requirements, improve the constructibility of the bridge, enable swift construction and reduce the amount of works over water.

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SR 99/Central Galt Interchange modification, Galt, California, USA

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As part of our integration with Omni-Means, GHD has helped increase interchange capacity for the SR99. Aimed at solving deficiencies and accommodating planned growth within the City of Galt and the South Sacramento County region, the project is aligned with the respective adopted General Plans and the Transportation Concept Report (TCR).

The Central Galt Interchange is the primary access into the downtown area. Recent urban growth, and future growth projected by the General Plan, necessitated a solution to address a currently congested area. We provided 15 alternative design solutions for the selection committee to consider. The resulting design included the reconstruction of all four-interchange ramps, auxiliary lanes on SR 99 to the adjacent interchanges, and two new overcrossing structures.

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Surfers Paradise Traffic Management Scheme

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GHD was commissioned by Gold Coast City Council (GCCC) toprovide detailed design and documentation, construction stage design support, project management and construction superintendency services for the SPTMS. Project.

Construction was completed over three separate stages between June 2002 and August 2006.

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Taylors Road Rail Underpass

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GHD was engaged by Abigroup Contractors to deliver the design and documentation of the civil works, bridge works, rail bridge works and associated structures with the Taylors Road Rail Underpass.

The aim of this project was to provide improved road safety and reduced travel times for western suburbs residents.

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Russell Clayton

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Russell has over 21 years' professional experience in geotechnical and civil engineering and has three alliance projects to his credit. He has significant experience in concept and detailed design through to the delivery and on-site superintendence of projects. As a geotechnical and pavements engineer he has project-managed and designed new rural and urban roads, rehabilitation, repair and reseal projects, as well as airport runway construction. His experience includes the investigation and design of new and existing embankments on soft soils, cutting design and investigation of both soft and hard ground as the responsible engineer and superintendent.

Service Line Leader, Pavements Engineering and Road Systems – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61 8 6222 8222
E: Russell Clayton

Australia

John Price - Queensland

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John is a civil and traffic engineer with more than 10 years’ experience in roads and highways alignment, intersection design, car park design, pavement design, transport planning and traffic engineering. He is based in GHD’s Brisbane office.

John has significant project experience in concept planning, detailed design management, co-ordination and delivery of transportation and multi-disciplinary projects. He has delivered a number of key projects with GHD, both locally an internationally, including the Darra to Springfield transport corridor for the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, New York University for Al Futtaim Carillion in Abu Dhabi and the Go-Between-Bridge feasibility study for Brisbane City Council.

Senior Transport Engineer – Queensland
T:
+61 7 3316 3818
E: John Price

John Ewers - South Australia

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John has more than 29 years’ experience in the project management and design of structural, civil, marine and environmental engineering projects. John is a Chartered civil engineer and is based in GHD’s Adelaide office.

John’s background and experience gives him a sound understanding of the environmental issues and engineering considerations necessary in the development of infrastructure projects, and the ability to blend the needs and requirements of both fields. He has delivered a number of significant projects with GHD including the primary water supply system for BHP Billiton at Olympic Dam, project management of the concept design and cost estimates for the Osborne Maritime precinct, rehabilitation of the wharves at Birkenhead and the Adelaide rail freight study.

Principal Civil Engineer and Project Director – South Australia
T: +61 8 8111 6643
E: John Ewers

Greg McGuire - Tasmania

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Greg is an engineering technologist with more than 25 years’ experience in design, documentation and contract administration for highway projects, urban road networks, access studies, car parking facilities and drainage works. He is based in GHD’s Hobart office.

Greg has experience in road transport planning and traffic engineering including impact assessments, safety audits and junction modelling. He has designed municipal infrastructure and external services for a number of major industrial and commercial building sites with a particular focus on sewerage, stormwater and water reticulation. Greg has delivered a number of key projects including the Brighton Bypass northern section design and the East Derwent Highway/Tasman Bridge upgrade, both for the Tasmanian Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources.

Project Director – Tasmania
T: +61 3 6210 0639
E: Greg McGuire

Tom Brock - Victoria

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Tom has more than 36 years’ experience as a civil engineer and surveyor delivering concept planning, investigation, design, project management and contract administration services for major roadworks and infrastructure. He is based in GHD’s Melbourne office.

Tom is experienced in managing all stages of project delivery including concept development, design and construction. He has delivered a number of key projects with GHD including Princes Highway East (Flynn to Rosedale) tender design for BMD Constructions, M80 Princes Freeway to Tilburn Road concept development for VicRoads and Peninsula Link pre-works (Lathams Road) for Linking Melbourne Authority.

Principal Civil Engineer – Victoria
T:
+61 3 8687 8290
E: Tom Brock

New Zealand

Dave Proctor

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Dave is a civil engineer with more than 30 years' experience in the investigation, design and construction of transportation projects. Dave understands the client’s perspective through his experience as a project director and client liaison on large projects. Talk to Dave about how to drive transportation projects that unlock benefits for their end users.

National Market Leader, Transportation
T:
+64 7 834 7903
E: Dave Proctor

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