Emerald-based company Activ Civil has been awarded the tender for the upgrade of the Emerald Airport intersection, Central Highlands Regional Council announced today.
Upgrading the intersection of Airport Access Rd and Gregory Highway was a requirement for the Queensland Government to approve the redevelopment of Emerald Airport.
The $1.25 million project will involve widening of the highway, adding a new turning lane, extension of the existing turning lane and an overall upgrade of the intersection.
Central Highlands Mayor Kerry Hayes said the council was pleased that a local contractor was successful.
“Activ Civil received the maximum five-point advantage in our procurement process by being based in the region and employing a 100 per cent local workforce,” he said.
Activ Civil managing director Stuart Curtis said the group were strong believers in council works being done by people in the region, both with local staff and local products.
“Everything that we can possibly get done locally, we will,” Mr Curtis said.
Cr Hayes said the upgrade work was due to begin in early July.
“Only minor delays are anticipated and, where possible, work will be undertaken outside of peak airport times,” he said.