The Australian and Queensland Governments have announced the two preferred tenderers to deliver the $515 million project to upgrade the flood-prone Haughton River Floodplain section of the Bruce Highway.
A Seymour Whyte-John Holland joint venture with AECOM, and The Infrastructure Group joint venture between Bielby, BMD Constructions, JF Hull and Albem Pty Ltd with ARUP Group and HDR Inc, are the two preferred contractors to undertake the project, about 50 kilometres south of Townsville.
“The shortlisted companies were selected after a thorough evaluation process, with particular focus placed on their plans for engaging local businesses and employees,” said Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey
“Local businesses now have the opportunity to get involved in one of the largest projects the region has seen and I encourage them to contact the two shortlisted companies.”
The works include the replacement of the Haughton River Bridge with a higher and wider structure, and an upgrade of around 14 kilometres of the Bruce Highway where it crosses the floodplain between Ayr and Townsville.
Preliminary work on the bridge, including exploratory drilling works for the installation of the structural foundations, has already been undertaken.
The new bridge will allow the Bruce Highway to stay open in all but the most severe floods.
Construction is expected to begin in August next year, with both shortlisted companies now preparing design and construct tenders for the project.
The contract is anticipated to be awarded early next year, with construction expected to begin in August 2018. The project has a completion date of mid-2021.
The project is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($412 million) and the Queensland Government ($103 million), with the Australian Government’s financial commitment funded under the 10-year, $8.5 billion Bruce Highway Upgrade Program.