Progress continues on Boundary Road Interchange project
17 September 2015
Joint release with:
Federal Member for Petrie
Federal Member for Longman
Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports
Expressions of interest are now open for the $105 million upgrade of the Boundary Road Interchange near Narangba.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said prequalified construction companies could now register their interest in the project, which will focus on construction of a new six-lane bridge over the highway.
"The upgrade will boost the interchange's capacity and enhance safety for motorists who use this section of the highway. As an added bonus, pedestrians and cyclists will have improved access," Mr Truss said.
Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the second stage of the tender process enables any shortlisted contractors to tender for a Transport Infrastructure Contract—Construction Only (TIC-CO) contract to undertake the major works.
"The upgrade will see a new six-lane, four-span concrete bridge built over the Bruce Highway including a shared pedestrian and cycle crossing, as well as new signalised intersections at the new exit and entry ramps," Mr Bailey said.
"It is anticipated the successful tenderer will be announced early next year, with construction to start by mid-2016. The Palaszczuk Government is committed to improving the safety of Queensland's vast road network, creating jobs and building much needed infrastructure."
Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth said the tender for the major upgrade will be a two-stage approach which aims to deliver value for money.
"We are working hard to get this project happening ASAP. The funding was confirmed in March, Expressions of Interest are now being called, and we're working towards the detailed design work being completed by the end of next month," Mr Howarth said.
"This highly competitive process will involve consideration of initial non-price submissions, and then shortlisting prequalified contractors down to a select number of tenderers in the first stage."
Federal Member for Longman Wyatt Roy said the interchange upgrade had been a pet project.
"Improving the capacity of the interchange will improve traffic flow, efficiency and safety for both commercial and private vehicles. It will also boost the local economy and help small businesses," Mr Roy said.
"It is heartening to see progress on this very important project."
The $105 million Bruce Highway-Boundary Road Interchange Upgrade project is jointly funded with the Australian Government committing up to $84 million and the Queensland Government contributing $21 million.