Highway upgrade enters home straight
THE fourth and final major contract for the upgrade of the Bruce Highway between Sankeys and Traveston Roads is expected to begin as soon as this week.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Queensland Minister for Main Roads Craig Wallace said the contract involves realigning part of Traveston Road and building an interchange.
It will also involve constructing a new Mary Valley connection road and erecting bridges over Skyring Creek.
"After years of talk and inaction by our predecessors, the delivery of this long awaited upgrade has now entered the home straight and will be completed next year," said Mr Albanese.
"Not only will the project be completed on time but also under budget, with the savings being put to good use upgrading flood-prone sections of the Bruce around Gin Gin, Ayr and Townsville.
"Labor has long recognised this road's importance to the communities living along the Queensland coast. Indeed when compared to the record of the former Howard Government record we're investing twice as much in half the time."
The realignment and widening of the Bruce Highway between Sankeys and Traveston roads is being jointly funded by the Gillard and Bligh Labor Governments, with construction work having started in September 2009.
Queensland Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said the latest contract had been awarded to Abigroup after they took part in the innovative Early Tender Involvement (ETI) procurement process.
"As part of this ETI we shortlisted three contractors in October 2010. Teams from these contractors then worked collaboratively with the Department and Aurecon, the project designer, to refine the design for Section B," said Mr Wallace.
"This innovative system helps us to view a range of different design options and in the long run represents better value for money.
"Other important aspects of this contract include landscaping, pavement markings, the erection of signage and other finishing touches."