|Queensland Bridge and Civil has been awarded the contract for the $28 million Vines Creek Bridges project in Mackay, with construction works starting six months ahead of schedule.
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the work would replace the two double-lane bridges on Harbour Rd (Mackay-Slade Point Rd).
“The project will deliver two new bridges and approaches, flood improvements with the coinciding completion of Mackay Regional Council’s levee wall, and a dedicated shared path for cyclists and pedestrians,” Mr Bailey said.
“Early works are beginning this week and major construction will begin in May.”
Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said an average of 42 direct jobs would be supported over the life of the project.
“As part of the current Accelerated Works Program, we’ve implemented additional requirements over and above the current guidelines to help enhance training and local content opportunities,” Ms Gilbert said.
“The successful contractor, Queensland Bridge and Civil Construction, is required to provide 50 per cent more training hours and must meet a more detailed Local Industry Plan, engaging with local subcontractors and suppliers – this is good news for Mackay industry.
“This project will also greatly benefit the heavy vehicle industry by improving the freight capacity of Mackay’s transport network.
“The Vines Creek Bridges are the sole access for heavy vehicles travelling to and from the Port of Mackay so building the new bridges and increasing their mass limits will better accommodate transport operators.”
Construction is expected to be completed in March 2019, weather permitting.