Today the first sod has been turned for major works on the $384.24 million Cooroy to Curra Section C project which will widen the Bruce Highway to four lanes between the Traveston interchange and the proposed Woondum interchange, south of Gympie.Cooroy to Curra - the third of four major Bruce Highway upgrades - was awarded to CPB Contractors in early February who outbid Fulton Hogan, Lend Lease and John Holland. To mark the beginning of major works, we've collected some opinions on the project from the key Australian Government Ministers for the project:
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester
“The Cooroy to Curra upgrade will save lives, support industries reliant on efficient freight transport, provide employment for local communities and make travelling to regional centres a more appealing prospect for overseas and interstate visitors,” Mr Chester said.
Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss
“I have seen a range of milestones reached on the Bruce Highway over many years, and today's sod turn continues the Australian Government's commitment to fix the Bruce Highway,” Mr Truss said.
“Section C is the third of four major Bruce Highway—Cooroy to Curra upgrade projects, with Section A from the Cooroy Southern interchange to Sankey's Road nearing completion, Section B between Federal and Traveston completed in 2012 and Section D, where planning and detailed design is underway from the Woondum Interchange to Curra.”
Bruce Highway - Cooroy to Curra (Section C: Traveston to Woondum). Source: TMR
Queensland Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey
“It will also bring much-needed jobs to the area, with initial estimates suggesting an average of 684 direct jobs will be supported over the life of the project,” Mr Bailey said.
“A new interchange at Woondum will be constructed south of the original location to provide flexibility for future expansion. The new ramp connections will allow for all freight access and have been designed to enable an upgrade to a full interchange, should such works be needed and funded in future.
“Major works on Section C are expected to be completed by mid-2018, weather permitting.”
Recap of tender process, award of contract and scope of works
|April 2015||The department commenced the tender process for the early works contract for Section C.|
|July 2015||BMD Constructions Pty Ltd awarded the early works contract for the Bruce Hwy Cooroy to Curra Section C project.
Scope of early works: Work on the intersection began in late July and is ecpected to be completed by mid-2016, weather permitting. The existing highway is being widened and a raised median installed to improve safety by separating opposing directions of traffic. Dedicated right and left-turn lanes are being constructed at the Keefton Road and Six Mile Creek rest area intersections. Protected entry lanes for north and southbound traffic will improve access to the Gold Nugget service station
|September 2015||The department commenced the first stage of a 2-stage tender process for the major works contract for Section C, by calling for Expressions of Interest on 30 September 2015 (and closing on 19 October 2015).|
|November 2015||Four contractors were shortlisted to proceed to the second stage of tendering for the Section C major works contract. These contractors include Fulton Hogan, Lend Lease, John Holland and Leighton Contractors.|
|February 2016||CPB Contractors (formerly Leighton Contractors) awarded contract for the major works of Section C.
Scope of major works:
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