Rockhampton-based business Stresscrete is due to start casting concrete piles on Monday for a $34.6 million upgrade project for the Cape River Bridge, south of Charters Towers.
Construction tenders have now been called for the project, which will deliver a higher and wider bridge and improved approaches on a 2km section of the Gregory Developmental Rd.
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the government had made excellent progress on the planning and design of this vital flood immunity project.
“The tender for the supply of bridge piles was awarded to Rockhampton-based company Stresscrete earlier this month and we expect to award the construction contract early next year,” he said.
Stresscrete owner and manager Craig Zinn said the business would commence casting the 550mm diameter octagonal prestressed piles for the bridge on November 28, with completion by the end of February 2017.
“There are 88 piles in the project ranging in length from 11m to 21m, with a total weight of approximately 865 tonnes,” he said.
“Stresscrete Heavy Haulage will transport the piles to site soon after the completion of manufacture.”
Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke said the Cape River Bridge Upgrade would improve road safety and accessibility between Emerald and Charters Towers.
“We’ll see significant reductions in road closures due to flooding when this project is complete,” Ms O’Rourke said.
“This means improved year-round freight access to inland communities and the Townsville Port, as well as safer and better driving conditions for locals.
“This project is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $77 million investment in the Gregory Developmental Road over the next three years.
“In addition to the Cape River Bridge Upgrade, we will spend more than $42 million to widen and strengthen 34km of remaining single lane and narrow two-lane sections north of Charters Towers.
“We are committed to improving the inland highway to ensure it is safe and dependable for local residents, the freight, mining and agricultural industries, and tourists.”
Construction of the Cape River Bridge Upgrade is expected to start in April, after the wet season, and be completed by mid-2018, weather and construction conditions permitting.