Call for tenders for fast-tracked Bruce Highway upgrade

Media Release

WT311/2015

30 September 2015

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads,
Road Safety and Ports

Prequalified construction companies have until 19 October 2015 to lodge applications to carry out major works on Section C of the Bruce Highway upgrade between Traveston and Woondum.

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development and Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss said today's tender call will ensure the project is on track to start construction in early 2016.

“The delivery of this project has been fast-tracked, with the detailed design now complete and construction expected to start early next year,” Mr Truss said.

“The tender for the Traveston to Woondum section will be a two-stage approach aimed at achieving the best value for money.

“Annual average daily traffic volume on this section of the highway is expected to increase from around 18,000 to 21,000 over the next five years, and to more than double to 42,000 over the next 35 years.

“ In addition to improving safety and travel times for motorists and heavy vehicles, the works will also help minimise disruptions and road closures due to flooding and road maintenance work.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said this highly competitive two-stage tender process will involve in-depth consideration of initial non-price submissions and shortlisting of prequalified contractors.

“The first stage will require contractors to outline their experience in delivering major infrastructure projects with a strong focus on the management of endangered fauna, and the use of effective erosion and sediment control,” Mr Bailey said.

“The second stage enables shortlisted contractors to tender for a Transport Infrastructure Construction Contract to undertake the major works.

“It is anticipated that the successful tenderer will be announced in early 2016 with construction to begin as soon as possible after that. The Section C project will provide a substantial boost to local economy, supporting an average of around 700 direct jobs over the life of the project.”

The project is jointly funded based on an 80:20 funding contribution between the Australian and Queensland Governments.