The Queensland Government has awarded the design and construction contract for the $514.3 million Haughton River Floodplain upgrade on Queensland’s Bruce Highway this week.
The Infrastructure Group joint venture between Bielby, BMD Constructions, JF Hull and Albem, with ARUP Group and HDR Inc, will undertake the upgrade works aimed at improving safety and flood resilience on the highway.
The project involves upgrading 13.5 kilometres of highway, including realigning the Reed Beds curve and building a new Haughton River Bridge and several other wider, higher bridges.
It also includes upgrading nine rural intersections, two cane-rail overpasses and installing wide centrelines on the highway north of Ayr.
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the new Haughton River Bridge would be more than 10 metres wide and designed and built to withstand a one-in-100-year flood.
“This upgrade will be a significant improvement on the current bridge, which is about seven metres wide and is regularly closed for extended periods due to flooding,” Mr. Bailey said.
The Australian Government has committed up to $411.4 million to the project with the Queensland Government contributing $102.9 million.
Construction of the project will start in mid-2018 and be completed by around mid-2021, weather permitting.