Oct 25, 2019

Contract awarded for $481m Cairns highway upgrade

Contract awarded for $481m Cairns highway upgrade

HSA Group has been awarded the contract to design and build the $481 million Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale project.

Described as the single biggest road project for Far North Queensland, Federal Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack said it would significantly improve safety on a busy two-lane section of the Bruce Highway.

“Following a rigorous assessment process, I’m pleased to announce John Holland Seymour Whyte AECOM Group (HSA Group) has been awarded the contract to design and build the Bruce Highway Edmonton to Gordonvale project,” he said.

“HSA Group has an excellent track record of successfully delivering major infrastructure projects in the North Queensland region.” 

Work to support 466 jobs

Construction of the $481 million project is due to start in 2020 and be completed in 2023, weather permitting.

It is expected to support 466 jobs over the life of the project.

The project will duplicate and upgrade 10.5km of the Bruce Highway and relocate 4.7km of the North Coast rail line. (Map HERE)

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said tenderers for the work had been required to include information on how they would deliver the project using local personnel, resources, suppliers and subcontractors.

The Australian Government has committed $384.8 million to the Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale project, with the Queensland Government contributing $96.2 million.

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