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Shortlisted builders announced for $481m Cairns Southern Access Corridor Stage 3


Posted by Monica Gameng

A new milestone has been marked on the $481 million Bruce Highway - Cairns Southern Access Corridor Stage 3, with two shortlisted tenderers invited to participate in the Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) phase of the project.

This announcement brings the multi-million dollar project one step closer to construction.

The two  shortlisted consortia are the HSA Group - comprised of John Holland, Seymour Whyte and AECOM - and the Bielby Hull Albem Coleman Joint Venture (BHA Coleman JV).

“Contractors from both  joint ventures have long histories successfully delivering major infrastructure projects in the North Queensland region,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said.

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said that the ECI process is a major milestone for the project as it will give the shortlisted tenderers the opportunity to get involved in the preliminary design process as well as work closely with Transport and Main Roads (TMR).

“Through the ECI process, the tenderers will consider design alternatives providing balance between functionality, project cost and construction impacts, as well as how innovative construction methods can be included in the design.

“The project is a fantastic development for Far North Queensland and will ensure the region has the road infrastructure in place to support its economic future,” Mr Bailey said.

edmonton-gordonvale-duplication-routeThe Bruce Highway - Cairns Southern Access Corridor Stage 3 will be upgrading a 10.5-kilometre stretch of the highway between Edmonton and Gordonvale. The project will include:

  • Duplication of the highway from two to four lanes between Edmonton and Gordonvale

  • A new alignment on the eastern side of the Bruce Highway between Peterson Road and Warner Road

  • New and upgraded intersections at Peterson Road, Draper Road and Riverstone Road

  • New service roads to divert local trips from the highway

  • Realignment and upgrading of over 4.7 kilometres of the Queensland Rail North COast Line

  • Removal of multiple at grade rail crossings and upgrade of boom gates at other crossings

  • New road and rail bridges at Wrights Creek and Stoney Creek

  • A new overpass south of Maitland Road

  • Relocation of existing cane rail lines at some locations

  • A dedicated off-road high-speed cycleway from Riverstone Road to north of Collinson Creek, tying the existing cycleway at Thompson Road

  • A new cycleway bridge at Collinson Creek and reusing existing rail bridges at Wrights Creek and Stoney Creek for the cycleway

Construction is set to commence in early 2020, with completion anticipated by mid-2023.

This Bruce Highway upgrade project is expected to support approximately 466 full-time jobs during its delivery phase.

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Source: Queensland Government; Department of Transport and Main Roads; Mirage News

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

As PlantMiner's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1000 posts. She truly is an industry expert. Monica's passion for educating and inspiring readers saw the PlantMiner blog recognised by Feedspot as one of the Best Australian Construction Blogs in 2018 and 2019. PlantMiner is Australia's largest online construction marketplace. Sign up as a vendor to find and engage with civil and commercial contractors across Australia. Alternatively, if you're looking for plant and equipment you can compare equipment and subcontractor quotes from vendors near you in just a few steps.