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Project Spotlight: $624 million Bruce Highway upgrade fast-tracked

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Posted by Amelia Strofield
We love a good news story, and a fast-tracked project even more. Yesterday it was announced that the delivery of Section C of the Bruce Highway upgrade between Traveston and Woodum has been fast-tracked, with detailed design now complete and construction expected to start early next year. 

Pre-qualified construction companies have until 19 October 2015 to lodge applications to carry out the major works. The tender will be a two-stage approach with 'best value for money’ a key priority for the winning tender.  

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said this highly competitive two-stage tender process will involve in-depth consideration of initial non-price submissions and shortlisting of prequalified contractors.

“The first stage will require contractors to outline their experience in delivering major infrastructure projects with a strong focus on the management of endangered fauna, and the use of effective erosion and sediment control,” Mr Bailey said.

More information below -  

Who:

The project is jointly funded based on an 80:20 funding contribution between the Australian and Queensland Governments ($124 million state, $500 million federal).

 What:

The $624 million Section C project forms part of the Bruce Highway (Cooroy to Curra) UpgradeSection C will deliver approximately 10.5km of new, 4-lane divided highway between Traveston and Woondum, just south of Gympie. The existing southern Bruce Highway access to Gympie will also be upgraded.

Since 2008 when a planning option for Section C was endorsed as part of the Strategic Planning Study, the project has undergone further engineering and environmental investigations resulting in changes to the previously announced scope of works. The changes will result in technical improvements, significant cost savings and a smaller environmental footprint.

The new highway alignment will now be constructed to the west of the power line easement between Tandur and Woondum roads, and will result in reduced costs, no impacts to the power line easement or infrastructure and a smaller environmental footprint.

A new interchange at Woondum will be constructed south of the original location to improve versatility for future expansion to an ultimate interchange configuration when Section D (the Gympie bypass) is constructed. It will also allow for all freight movement access.

Key features of Section C include:

  • divided highway (4-lanes) on a new alignment between Traveston and Woondum, with the ability to be upgraded to 6-lanes in the future
  • an interchange at Woondum to connect the new Bruce Highway to the existing Bruce Highway
  • major waterway crossing structures over Traveston Creek, Kybong Creek, Cobbs Gully and Jackass Creek
  • overpasses at Tandur Road and Woondum Road.

The existing Bruce Highway will remain as an alternative route for local road users wishing to travel between Traveston and Woondum Road.



When:

Applications close 19 Oct 2015, and the contract awarded early 2016. Construction will start shortly after. 

Where:

Bruce Highway between Traveston and Woondum, south of Gympie. The upgrade will affect the Wide Bay Burnett Region and North Coast Region. 

Applications are to be submitted online through the Queensland Government eTender portal. 

Why: 

A new highway will be constructed to better meet capacity and efficiency demands for long-term road freight and transport needs in the region and will be designed to a Q100 flood immunity. It will also support safe, high-speed travel and improved access to the local road network.

“Annual average daily traffic volume on this section of the highway is expected to increase from around 18,000 to 21,000 over the next five years, and to more than double to 42,000 over the next 35 years. 

“In addition to improving safety and travel times for motorists and heavy vehicles, the works will also help minimise disruptions and road closures due to flooding and road maintenance work.”

How: 

Keep in mind that Government projects are undertaken on behalf of the community.

The first principle of government procurement is to drive value for money. However, the lowest price is not the only indicator of value, evaluation criteria considers cost factors (up-front price, whole-of-life costs, transaction costs associated with acquisition, use, holding, maintenance and disposal) and non-cost factors (fitness for purpose, quality, delivery, service, support and sustainability impacts). 

Learn more about delivering value for money with out blog post 3 Reasons why local suppliers improve tender applications or download our free ebook below which highlights how Government officers evaluate your tender documents. 

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