Monash Freeway upgrade recognised for sustainability

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The Monash Freeway Upgrade Stage 2 has been awarded a leading rating by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council (ISC).

The ISC Rating Scheme is Australia and New Zealand’s comprehensive rating system for evaluating sustainability across the planning, design, construction, and operational phases of infrastructure projects.

The Monash upgrade included an array of initiatives aimed at reducing the project’s carbon footprint, including three Australian-first innovations which have delivered environmental benefits.

More than 16,000 tonnes of Reconophalt, an ashplant made from recycled waste, was laid on the Monash Freeway. This totals more than 13 million plastic bags, 300,000 printer toner cartridges and 4000 tonnes of recycled reclaimed asphalt pavement.

E-Mesh (100 per cent recycled plastic product) was used in lieu of steel reinforcement in the shared user path along O’Shea Road and footpaths at site compounds.

A partnership with Australian-owned company ‘Aqua Prep’, allowed the project to reuse and recycle 100 per cent of the water used in the hydro demolition process.

Other initiatives included the use of slip form barriers, saving 950 tonnes of steel; partnering with newly established Aboriginal-owned company, ‘Bunji Hire’, who provided the project with 15 hybrid vehicles, and 100 per cent renewable electricity used to power site offices instead of diesel-powered generators.

The Monash upgrade is one of the first projects delivered by Major Road Projects Victoria to have received an ISC “leading rating”.

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