Contractors in the Cairns region have had their first briefing about the $152 million Smithfield Bypass project, on track to start in late 2018.
Acting Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Steven Miles said suitably qualified contractors were invited to express interest in participating in an ‘early contractor involvement’ (ECI) procurement process for the roadworks.
“Industry stakeholders have been briefed on the scope of the project and provided with indicative dates for release of various construction and engineering consultant contracts,” Mr Miles said.
“We have also invited suitably qualified and experienced contractors to step forward and express interest in participating in an ECI procurement process.
“Shortlisted contractors will then have the opportunity to undertake further planning and preliminary design work.”
During the ECI phase, shortlisted contractors would have to demonstrate how they intended to meet the Queensland Government’s recently announced ‘Buy Queensland’ policy, Mr Miles said
The planned 3.8km bypass, running parallel with the Captain Cook Highway, will provide an alternative route between the McGregor Rd intersection and Yorkeys Knob Rd intersection.