Paving the way for growth in Australia, Africa and Timor Leste

Surbana Jurong’s infrastructure expertise in roads and highways benefit users every day and bring economic benefits to the areas they connect.

Its latest projects undertaken by SMEC, a member of the Surbana Jurong Group, will tap on the company’s advanced engineering services, experience working on road and highway networks in diverse locations, and track record of success in delivering transport management projects.

Highway to economic growth

SMEC, in a joint venture with infrastructure construction firm Fulton Hogan, is working on innovative design options for the A$74.99-million Capricorn Highway duplication project between Rockhampton and Gracemere in Queensland, Australia. The project aims to increase road capacity – widening more than 5km of highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere, from two lanes to four lanes – and reduce travel times.

Design options are being studied for the project to optimise traffic solutions and will involve community consultation. The upgrades will also separate cyclists and pedestrians from fast-moving traffic.

Said Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack, “This project, which is part of the A$600 million Northern Australia Roads programme, will support the economic development of northern Australia by improving the movement of freight and people.”

Improving regional integration with Cameroon

SMEC, in association with Mansion Consulting, has been engaged by Nigeria’s Road Sector Development Team (RSDT) to provide consulting services for improvements to a road corridor.

The scope of the work includes Design and Construction Supervision of the asphaltic concrete overlay of the Abakaliki – Mbok (Ogoja Junction) & Ikom – Mfum Roads along the Bamenda-Enugu Road linking Cameroon and Nigeria. Part of the Trans African Lagos – Mombasa economic corridor, the road is key to economic progress and regional integration.

SMEC’s existing strong relationship with and previous good work done for RSDT were key reasons RSDT has chosen to work with SMEC on this project, which is funded by the African Development Bank.

Providing better access, improving transport affordability

The Rwanda Transport Development Agency has engaged SMEC for two separate road infrastructure projects, highlighting SMEC’s strong local presence and repute in the African nation.

The first project is to monitor and supervise the extended 19km upgrading of the Rubavu Gisiza Road (above). Funded by the African Development Bank, this project will deliver socio-economic benefits such as increased social services, reduced transport costs and access to remote villages. In the second project, funded by the Government of Rwanda, SMEC will review and approve detailed designs, and supervise upgrade works for the 66km Huye-Kiboho-Munini/Ngoma Road.

Achieving an integrated national road network

In recent years, Timor-Leste has focused on building its national infrastructure, and upgrading the road network is one of the government’s top priorities to improve the economy.

SMEC was appointed by the Asian Development Bank to provide technical support to the government of Timor Leste in the development of a comprehensive and integrated national road network strategy and plan, and a concept design for a sustainable road maintenance programme, to upgrade national roads from Baucau to Viqueque. The strategy will be underpinned by policy instruments and institutional framework to effectively plan, execute, maintain and operate road sector assets in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.

This project reaffirms SMEC’s capability as a reputable road maintenance consulting, strategic planning and management company in Timor-Leste and the wider Asia-Pacific region.

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About the SJ Connects e-newsletter: SJ Connects is published monthly by the Surbana Jurong Group, a global urban, infrastructure and managed services consulting firm, with over 70 years of track record in successful project delivery. Headquartered in Singapore, the group has a global talent pool of 16,000 across Surbana Jurong and our member companies AETOS, Atelier Ten, B+H, KTP, Prostruct, RBG, SAA, Sino-Sun and SMEC, based in over 40 countries. We provide a full suite of multidisciplinary consultancy services across aviation, healthcare, hospitality, transport, water and environment as well as energy and resources. Our technical teams include architects, designers, planners, engineers and other specialists driven by progressive thinking and creative ideas in our mission of “Building Cities, Shaping Lives”.