The Federal Government's Budget will next week deliver the second portion of the $50 billion Infrastructure Investment Programme. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, said protecting Queensland's future through infrastructure investment was vital to a prosperous state and nation.
“The Australian Government has embarked on an ambitious programme of investment to support Queensland industries that generate goods to domestic and international markets, including resources from mining operations and agricultural products,” claimed Truss.
“In turn, these investments help families and entire communities to thrive by playing to Australia's strengths".
Let’s shed some light on the resulting projects:
Kingsford Smith Drive Upgrade
"Kingsford Smith Drive is [Brisbane's] next major infrastructure project and we are now moving forward with work to widen the road to six lanes via a retaining wall built out into the Brisbane River” Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.
The $650 million project was the largest road infrastructure project since the Legacy Way tunnel began in April 2011. The Brisbane City Council said the shortlisted teams for the project were Lend Lease, RiverLinQ, Riverway and RiverReach and the winner is to be determined before the end of the year. Work is expected to being on the project in early to mid-2016.
“Brisbane has seen continued progress towards an upgraded Gateway Motorway, with the Gateway Motorway North project receiving $929.6 million in funding as part of the 2014 Budget" Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss.
Contracts for the major works will be awarded mid-2015, after shortlisted tenderers were announced in early November 2014. Major work is expected to commence later this year, with construction predicted to complete in late 2018.
Toowoomba Second Range Crossing
“Outside Brisbane, the Australian Government has also committed up to $1.28 billion towards delivering the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, supporting the movement of heavy freight vehicles and sustaining up to 1,800 jobs" Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss.
The 41 kilometre route will involve the construction of twin three-lane tunnels, 30 bridges, nine interchanges, nine creek crossings and four viaducts. Announcement of the preferred tenderers is imminently expected. Read more on the Toowomba Second Range Crossing project.
$116 million train stabling project
"At the peak of the project, we expect around 700 construction and manufacturing jobs across a number of trades will be created. Approximately 85% per cent of all materials for the project will be sources from local suppliers" Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport Jackie Trad.
This is part of a $4.4 billion New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) project to deliver 75 whole new trains for Queensland commuters. Design works will commence from mid-May 2015, and construction is expected to take place between July 2015 and early 2017.
Commonwealth Games Preparation
“The reality for Grocon is that our brief is not just about the Commonwealth Games, it's about the long-term investment into this location. Injecting an estimated $500 million into the local economy over the next five years, the project will generate more than 1,500 jobs during its construction phase" Grocon Chief Executive Officer Carolyn Viney.
The redevelopment of Parklands, Southport will be one of the largest urban renewal projects ever undertaken on the Gold Coast, providing vital infrastructure for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The project will include 1200 apartments and townhouses across 30 buildings, and provide accommodation and services to 6,500 athletes and officials during GC2018.
Warrego Highway & Cape York Region Package
“Other projects include upgrades to the Warrego Highway between Toowoomba and Miles, which received $508 million and will deliver a wider and safer road; and $208.4 million towards the Cape York Region Package, improving accessibility to Cape York for the local community, and producing flow-on benefits to local industry, including mining” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss.
“Our commitment to fixing the Bruce Highway sees $6.7 billion committed under our 10-year Fix the Bruce Highway plan. This includes major projects such as the duplication between Cooroy and Curra and construction of the Mackay Ring Road" Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss.
This project involves a 61km upgrade and realignment of the Bruce Highway between Cooroy and Curra, including a bypass of Gympie, and is among Queensland's highest priority road projects.
- Section A: Cooroy southern interchange to Sankeys Road. Hazell Bros Group Pty Ltd was awarded the first construction contract for the Section A project in June 2013. Work on Section A commenced in July 2013 and is expected to be completed in late 2016, weather permitting. Funding: construction $590 million ($295 million state, $295 million federal)
- Section B: Sankeys Road to Traveston Road (constructed first for safety reasons). Works started on Section B in July 2009 with the completion of major works and highway commissioning occurring in December 2012. Funding: construction $513 million ($125 million state, $388 million federal)
- Section C: Traveston Road to Keefton Road. Detailed design commenced in July 2014 and is expected to be completed by 2015. Construction of the major works is expected to commence during 2016. Funding: construction $513 million ($125 million state, $388 million federal)
- Section D: Keefton Road to Curra, including the Gympie bypass. Preliminary planning commenced in March 2014 and is expected to be completed by late 2015. Construction of Section D is subject to funding.
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