VINCI Construction’s Australian subsidiary Seymour Whyte has secured a A$134m ($104.26m) road upgrade contract in Victoria.

The contract involves connecting South Gippsland Highway to Abbotts Road to improve access across Melbourne’s Dandenong South employment hub.

The works will include widening a stretch of Pound Road West and Remington Drive from two to four lanes, and building a bridge over the Cranbourne rail line to connect Pound Road West and Remington Drive.

Seymour White will also rehabilitate the bridge over the Cranbourne and Pakenham rail line on the Frankston–Dandenong Road, carry out necessary upgrade works at four junctions and install road safety barriers, among other upgrade works.

The construction works are expected to begin in October after a design phase, carried out in coordination with Victorian transport authority Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV), has been completed.

Seymour Whyte plans to implement a series of sustainability measures to manage the project’s environmental impact.

These measures will include on-site material reuse, steps to contain and reduce erosion as well as protect biodiversity and natural environments, and reducing Portland cement content by at least 30% in non-structural project components.

The company will also use a nonwoven geotextile for roadside pavements and recycled plastic for footpaths.

The project is expected to generate jobs for Victorian Aboriginal people.

Based in France, VINCI is a concessions and construction company with businesses across the world.

Last October, Seymour White secured two motorway contracts in Australia, worth a total of A$330m ($236m).

The first contract, worth A$270m ($193m), involved upgrading M1 Pacific Motorway between Varsity Lakes and Tugun near the border between Queensland and New South Wales.

The second, worth A$60m ($42.9m), involved upgrading a stretch of the Barton Highway between Canberra and Murrumbateman 280km south-west of Sydney.