The Australian Government has approved its share of funding for the $514.3 million Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade project south of Townsville, it was announced today.
Construction will start mid-2018 and be completed around mid-2021, weather permitting.
The Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade is being delivered under a design and construct model, using an early contractor involvement contract.Two tenderers have been shortlisted for design and construction of the Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade.
– Seymour Whyte-John Holland joint venture with AECOM; and
– The Infrastructure Group joint venture between Bielby, BMD Constructions, JF Hull and Albem Pty Ltd with ARUP Group and HDR Inc.
The design and construction contract is expected to be awarded in late March. Detailed design work will begin in April 2018, with construction expected to begin in August.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the $514.3 million upgrade of key sections of the highway would improve flood immunity and freight reliability for Queensland’s primary north-south corridor and boost accessibility for rural residents travelling to Townsville for essential services.
“This project will significantly reduce the frequency and duration of road closures along this section of the highway during the wet season and keep freight and people moving. The Bruce Highway is a vital artery for Queenslanders and upgrades which minimise closures due to flooding help keep this highway flowing,” Mr Bailey said.
Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said at least 12km of the 13.5 kilometre section of highway was often flood-affected during the wet season, with the southern and northern ends most often impacted.
“I have pushed for a fix on the narrow and dangerous Haughton River Bridge since 2012, and the timeline for construction was brought forward last year,” he said.
“Works will include the construction of an upgraded Haughton River Bridge, two overpasses and 13 other bridges, upgrading nine rural intersections, widening the road and installation of wide centre line treatment installed along the full length of the project.”
The Australian Government has committed up to $411.4 million to the project, with the Queensland Government contributing $102.9 million.