Companies queue to build long awaited Toowoomba bypass
SIXTY-THREE companies have thrown their hat in the ring to deliver the Second Range Crossing for Toowoomba.
The Registration of Interest process closed this afternoon, with several major Toowoomba companies believed to be among those registering.
It is the first major milestone in the tender process for the $1.7 billion, 41km road project.
Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the ROI process was designed to gauge the level of interest in the market for the construction, operation and maintenance of the Second Range Crossing.
"From the broad range of enquiries received, it is clear there is a very high level of interest from industry players, both big and small, in getting involved in this exciting project that will help drive economic growth in Queensland," he said.
"The registrations range from international and Australian consortia through to smaller local construction companies."
Companies who have not yet registered still have the opportunity to submit tenders, with an expressions of interest document to be released later this month.
Project Queensland's Mary-Ann Curtis told an Infrastructure and Energy Summit lunch yesterday that they were looking for innovation from the companies who had shown interest.
"We're obviously looking for private sector involvement for design innovation - we're looking for their smarts and efficiencies about how best design the road," she said.
"We'll be looking for a value for money proposal from parties who are technically and financially capable of delivering this project, and operating and maintaining it over the next 25 years."
SECOND RANGE CROSSING TIMELINE
- Late March - EOI release
- Late April - EOI close
- Late May - shortlist
- Mid 2014 - RFP (request for final proposal) release
- Late 2014 - RFP close
- Late first quarter 2015 - contract awarded