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Tender process begins for Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway upgrade

Expressions of interest are being sought for more than $1 billion in works to upgrade section of Bruce Highway between Caloundra Rd and the Sunshine Motorway in QLD.

Expressions of interest are being sought for more than $1 billion in works to upgrade section of Bruce Highway between Caloundra Rd and the Sunshine Motorway in QLD.Expressions of interest are being sought for more than $1 billion in works to upgrade section of Bruce Highway between Caloundra Rd and the Sunshine Motorway in QLD.

Prospective contractors have until October 1 to submit expressions of interest for the project to upgrade the seven-kilometre stretch of Bruce Highway.

The work requires the busy section of highway to be widened from four to six lanes, with the posted speed limit increasing to 110 kilometres-per-hour.

Minister for Main Roads Mark Bailey said the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads would review each design and provide a recommendation for the final award of contract by mid next year.

“The project remains on track, with construction expected to start in late 2016. Under a selection process known as ‘double early contractor involvement’, two contractors will be chosen to work with TMR to develop a design that meets the required performance standards—including maximising environmental outcomes,” he said.

Mr. Bailey said the concerns of the Sunshine Coast community had been considered throughout the process, with the revised preferred planning layout reducing impacts on the Beerwah State Forest by 11 hectares.

“I have committed to meet with the Save the Steve Irwin Way Forest Group and Sunshine Coast Environment Council this week, and have also instructed the Department to work with contractors through this next phase to further minimise impacts to the Beerwah State Forest and improve access for the businesses in the Aussie World tourist precinct,” he said.

More than 150 industry representatives attended an information session last week to be briefed on the project’s procurement process.

The project is jointly funded with the Australian Government committing $907 million and the Queensland Government $227 million.

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