The Mackay Ring Road – Stage 1 project has reached its next major milestone with expressions of interest now called for the construction tender of the $565 million project.
Queensland Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the project was the largest ever undertaken by the Queensland Government in the Mackay/Whitsunday region.
“It is a huge project totalling 11.3km in length. It includes the construction of 13 new bridges including overpasses, dual lane roundabouts at each end, and a new river crossing over the Pioneer River with a 100-year flood immunity,” Mr Bailey said.
“The detailed design phase for the project is nearing completion and should be finalised by the end of 2016.”
Early works have begun including relocation of services, earthworks and realignment of local roads to make room for the Ring Road.
“In order to get this project moving earlier, the project team identified early preparatory works which commenced in September,” Member for Mirani Jim Pearce said.
“Major construction on this project is set to start by mid-2017, and I’m looking forward to seeing its completion by early 2020, weather permitting.”
The Australian Government is contributing $448 million and the Queensland Government $117 million towards the $565 million project.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester said the Australian and Queensland governments were working together to deliver an $8.5 billion package of works on the Bruce Highway.