Oct 12, 2010

Tenders Called: Mains & Kessels Roads Intersection Upgrade

Tenders Called: Mains & Kessels Roads Intersection Upgrade

The Hon Anthony Albanese MPC

The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 12 2010

Construction companies interested in designing and delivering the separation of Mains and Kessels roads have until 4 November to submit their best bids under the tender process being managed by the Queensland Government.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said he was delighted that after two years of planning and community consultations the upgrade of one Queensland’s busiest intersections was now ready to move forward.

“This $300 million, fully federally funded project will free up the movement of traffic through the intersection by eliminating the existing lights and diverting Kessels Road underneath Mains Road,” said Mr Albanese.

“But unclogging this busy intersection is just one part the Gillard Labor Government’s unprecedented efforts to making it easier to get around Australia’s fast growing and third largest city.

“Indeed we’re investing $8.6 billion over six years to modernise and expand South East Queensland’s road and rail infrastructure – significantly more than what the former government spent in the entire State over a similar period of time.”

On the average weekday the intersection between Kessels and Mains roads is used by up to 84,700 cars and almost 8,000 trucks – figures which are only likely to grow in the years ahead given the Ipswich, Pacific and Gateway motorways all feed into this junction.

Queensland Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said once a preferred contractor has been selected early works will commence next year, with the entire upgrade expected to be completed by early 2014.

“We’re involving contractors early in the process to deliver the best outcome for businesses and road users in the area,” said Mr Wallace.

“We understand that Mains and Kessels are part of a high density urban environment, with many factors to consider including how access to nearby shops, businesses and homes can be maintained during the construction phase.

“I am confident that we can find the right contractor, one with the expertise to bring this vital road project in on time while working hand-in-hand with the local community and businesses to minimise disruptions during construction.”

For more information about this project and the tendering process please call 1800 227 804 or email [email protected]