August's top stories: PORR's £45m contract, Ontario and Michigan automated tests

PORR to build Lubelska traffic hub in Poland, and Ontario and Michigan launched automated vehicle test drive. Roadtraffic-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from August, 2017.


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PORR wins £45m contract to build Lubelska traffic hub in Poland

PORR secured a £45m contract from Generalna Dyrekcja Dróg Krajowych i Autostrad (GDDKiA) for the design and construction of the dual-level Lubelska traffic hub in central Poland. 

GDDKiA has been set-up by the Polish Ministry of Transportation to manage the national roads. 

Under the contract, PORR will build Lubelska dual-level traffic hub at the junction of the existing DK 17 carriageway to link Warsaw’s newly planned south bypass (S2) with the east bypass (S17) and A2 motorway. 


Canada’s first cross-border automated vehicle tests start

The governments of Ontario and Michigan launched North America’s first cross-border automated vehicle test drive. 

The test drive began in Detroit and will continue from Windsor to Sarnia before crossing back over the border and ending in Traverse City, Michigan.

Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said: "Ontario is proud to be part of North America’s first national, cross border test drive in our automated vehicle pilot programme." 


Jacobs to develop feasible solutions for Oxford to Cambridge Expressway project

Highways England (HE) contracted Jacobs Engineering Group (Jacobs) to assist with its Oxford to Cambridge Expressway project, with a focus on developing the corridor between the M1 and M40 motorways.

The expressway project covers nearly 150km and is expected to improve connectivity across England’s economic heartland.

The project is expected to support the development of strategic growth sites between the university cities of Oxford and Cambridge, along with Milton Keynes’ high-tech businesses.


Two-year trial of automated smart shuttle commences in New South Wales

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The Government of New South Wales (NSW) teamed-up with HMI Technologies, NRMA, Telstra, IAG and Sydney Olympic Park Authority to begin the first trial of a driverless shuttle bus. 

After the completion of the first stage of trials and safety checks in a secure, off-road environment, the public will be allowed to board the driverless shuttle bus at Sydney Olympic Park.

NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance said: “Today we drive our cars but the reality is, cars will soon drive us and while we are not there yet, we need to be prepared for this change and we need to stay ahead of the game.”


CPB Contractors to deliver Stage 1 of $393m Mackay Ring Road project in Queensland

Australia-based construction company CPB Contractors has secured a contract from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads for completing Stage 1 of the A$497.3m ($393m) Mackay Ring Road project.

The construct-only contract will generate revenue of nearly A$215m ($170m) for CPB Contractors, which is part of the CIMIC Group.

CIMIC Group chief executive officer Adolfo Valderas said: "CIMIC Group and CPB Contractors take a disciplined approach to bidding for and delivering work. Our strategy delivers innovative and cost-effective projects for our clients, strengthens regional economies, and better connects communities."


Highway England plans to invest £282m on M42 Junction 6 improvements

Highways England (HE) revealed plans to invest £282m to improve M42 Junction 6 near Solihull in the West Midlands, UK.

Ending in January, three options were discussed in a seven-week consultation. In light of the meetings, HE is proceeding with a modified version of Option 1 as the preferred route for M42 Junction 6.

This modification shifts the route slightly closer to the south west corner of Bickenhill to avoid a local business in the area and minimise the effect on the Bickenhill Meadows, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).


TransCore secures two maintenance contracts from FDOT

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TransCore secured two contracts from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDoT) in the US, for maintaining its Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).

The two maintenance contracts totalling $40m have been awarded to the company for a period of five years.

TransCore ITS Services senior vice-president Tim Fischer said: “For over 20 years, TransCore has proudly partnered with FDOT districts to provide motorists with a reliable, first-class ITS infrastructure that meets the needs of one of the fastest growing states in the country."


New Zealand to fund 15 EV projects

The Government of New Zealand revealed fund ing15 projects across the country in order to increase charging facilities for electric vehicles (EVs), as well as switch more trucks, buses and vans to electric power. 

Projects will be funded under the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, administered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

New Zealand Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins said: “The projects we announced today show there’s an electric vehicle for almost every job, be it rental cars, waste trucks or courier vans. These options make more sense because of how cheap electric vehicles are to run and maintain and how easy they are to charge."


Cenex and Leeds City Council to launch ACCRA project

UK’s Centre of Excellence for low carbon technologies Cenex has collaborated with Leeds City Council to launch Project ACCRA.

ACCRA is an alliance between Leeds City Council, Cenex, the Transport Systems Catapult, Earthsense, Dynniq, and Tevva Motors.

The project will focus on the Smart City technology applications that demonstrate real-time emissions control when travelling through densely polluted areas. The technology will use live air quality data in order to automatically activate the electric hybrid engines and switch to zero-emission.


BMD Urban completes Townsville intersection upgrade in Queensland

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Australia-based BMD Urban upgraded the Mervyn Crossman and William Angliss intersection in Annandale for Townsville City Council in Queensland, in order to improve the traffic flow through the busy arterial route.

The works covered by the BMD Group subsidiary included drainage system upgrades to accommodate additional water flow during the wet season and the conversion of the existing intersection to a dual-lane roundabout.

BMD Urban also has built a new left-turn slip lane from William Angliss Drive to Mervyn Crossman Drive.