Oct 22, 2010

Tender call for Bruce Highway upgrade

Tender call for Bruce Highway upgrade

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 22 2010

Construction companies interested in upgrading the Bruce Highway through Cairns’ southern suburbs are encouraged to submit their best bids under the tender process which opens on 3 November and will be managed by the Queensland Government.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said after two years of detailed planning and extensive community consultations it’s now full steam ahead with delivering the first stage of the thirty year transport blueprint released in July.

“Stage One – worth some $150 million – will realign and widen the Highway between Ray Jones Drive and Sheehy Road, easing congestion and reducing travel times for the 55,000 motorists that use this section of road every day,” said Mr Albanese.

“Our vision is a sustainable and vibrant Cairns underpinned by modern, well planned transport infrastructure – a city which continues to be a great place to visit and raise a family.

“That’s why we’ve been working the local community as well as the Council and State authorities to put in place a long term plan that anticipates rather than merely reacts to the growing demands on the City’s infrastructure.

“It’s a plan not just for the next three years but for the next three decades.”

Once a preferred contractor is selected work will start onsite next year and be completed by late 2013. The project is expected to generate more than 400 construction jobs.

Queensland Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace visiting the region today, invited the construction industry to tender for the early contractor involvement.

“This is an ideal opportunity for contractors to get involved in the most significant road project currently planned for the Cairns region,” said Mr Wallace.

“The process of involving contractors early in the design and development phase will ensure the best value for money for this project. Significant positives are generated, the Cairns community will get more bang for its buck.”

For more information about the tendering process please call Steve How Lum on (07) 3337 8156 or email [email protected]