Bruce Highway upgrade shortlist announced

Media Release

WT354/2015

04 November 2015

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Mal Brough

Minister for Defence Materiel and Science
Federal Member for Fisher

A shortlist of proponents to submit proposals for the detailed design and construction of the Bruce Highway upgrade project from Caloundra Road to the Sunshine Motorway has been announced.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said two tenderers had been selected to progress to the next stage of the procurement process for this important infrastructure project.

“Following strong interest from the private sector in response to the original expression of interest, I am pleased to announce that Fulton Hogan/Seymour Whyte Joint Venture and The Infrastructure Group have been shortlisted,” Mr Truss said.

“Proponents were given four weeks to showcase their ability to deliver this project, and a careful and considered assessment process followed.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said community feedback would play an important part in shaping the final layout of this project.

“Shortlisted proponents have been tasked with addressing key issues identified from extensive engagement undertaken with the community,” Mr Bailey said.

“Environmental factors remain a high priority, with reducing impacts on the Beerwah State forest integral to the next design stage.

“Maintaining access to local businesses, particularly the local Aussie World precinct, is also a priority, as is minimising impacts on the community and road users during construction, which is expected to start in late 2016.”

Federal Member for Fisher Mal Brough said the assessment panel chose the shortlisted groups based on their demonstrated capability and capacity to deliver a project of this complexity and experience on similar infrastructure projects.

“The shortlisting marks the official start of Stage One for the project, with each proponent required to submit a design and construction proposal,” Mr Brough said.

“Under the double Early Contractor Involvement process, Fulton Hogan/Seymour Whyte Joint Venture and The Infrastructure Group will have until late March 2016 to prepare and then present their offer, with an award of contract expected in mid-2016.

“I will be encouraging both companies to think outside of the box with their design to ensure that the upgrade addresses safety issues while meeting community expectations.”

The Australian Government has committed $907.2 million to the $1.134 billion Bruce Highway—Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway project in partnership with the Queensland Government.

For more information visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au/brucehwycaloundra2sunshinemwy