Sep 16, 2009

Economic Stimulus: Douglas Arterial Duplication moves ahead

Economic Stimulus: Douglas Arterial Duplication moves ahead

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

September 16 2009

Construction companies interested in building the Douglas Arterial Duplication have until 16 October to submit their best bid under the tender process being conducted by the Queensland Government.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, and Queensland Main Roads Minister, Craig Wallace, said the project is already running ahead of schedule thanks to the $20 million brought forward by the Rudd Labor Government in its Economic Stimulus Plan.

“This important infrastructure project is what our Nation Building for Recovery strategy is all about. Directly and indirectly it will put 488 Australians to work building the transport infrastructure vital to our nation’s long term economic prosperity,” said Mr Albanese.

“Projects such as this also demonstrate our commitment to delivering world-class road infrastructure to the communities of north Queensland.

“All up, the Rudd Labor Government is investing an unprecedented $8.6 billion over six years to modernise and maintain Queensland’s road and rail infrastructure.”

The Douglas Arterial Duplication is being jointly fund by the Rudd and Bligh Labor governments, with each contributing $55 million.

Queensland Main Roads Minister, Craig Wallace, said his department had been able to make good progress with pre-construction work.

“These early works began in January and included geotechnical investigations, drilling foundations for the four bridges on the project and preliminary planning and design activities,” Mr Wallace said.

“This work will increase the current two lane Douglas Arterial section of the Townsville Ring Road to four lanes, supporting population growth and road infrastructure demands in the region.

“We will continue to work closely with our federal colleagues to maximise the benefits to Queensland and the national economy through employment opportunities generated on our road infrastructure projects.”

Major construction is scheduled to commence early 2010 and be completed in 2012, weather permitting.