Koppens Developments and Robinson Civil Constructions FNQ have won contracts to seal a further 35km of the Peninsula Developmental Road (PDR) this year as part of the Cape York Region Package (CYRP) of works.
The joint announcement was made by Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester, Queensland Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey, Treasurer Curtis Pitt and Member for Leichardt Warren Entsch.
“The impetus behind the $260.5 million CYRP is to facilitate economic growth in the Cape York region by upgrading key roads and infrastructure to better connect areas of economic opportunity with Indigenous and other local communities,” Mr Chester said.
“Deliberate decisions have been made at a federal and state government level about how to deliver the projects in order to best achieve this aim, while also including measurements that relate to Indigenous and non-Indigenous training and upskilling.”
Mr Bailey said Koppens Developments, which will complete the Coen South project, and Robinson Civil Constructions FNQ, which was awarded the Archer to Wolverton project, had been in discussions with businesses local to Cape York and training providers.
“The award of the Coen South and Archer to Wolverton contracts concludes a comprehensive procurement process, with work expected to begin in a matter of weeks,” Mr Bailey said.
“Both the Coen South and Archer to Wolverton projects will connect with existing bitumen seal.
“This means that road users in the Coen area will enjoy 53.5km of uninterrupted sealed road while those accessing the Archer River area will be able to drive for 52.3km before returning to unsealed conditions.”
Mr Entsch said the PDR would soon be a hive of roadworks activity, for the third year running.
“RoadTek is already on site gearing up for the delivery of the 12km Musgrave project and tenders closed on 4 August 2016 for the 4.6km Little Laura to Fairview projects,” Mr Entsch said.
“The amount of continuous bitumen seal on the PDR will have considerably grown by the end of 2016.
“The CYRP is not just seeing improvements in infrastructure but also real and ongoing benefits to the people of Cape York.”
The $260.5 million Cape York Region Package is jointly funded with the Australian Government providing $208.4 million and the Queensland Government providing $52.1 million.
A major element – the Mein Deviation project – was completed recently. The 2015 program of works on the PDR also included sealing projects in Sourayas Hill, south of Hann River and south of Morehead River.
About 78.5km of the PDR has been sealed since Cape York Region Package works began in 2014.
For more information on the projects, including project delivery timeframes, visit: http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/C/Cape-York-Region-Package-Peninsula-Developmental-Road.