Aecom secures $328m design-build contract for road project in Australia

WCN Editorial Team 28 Oct 2019 OCEANIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

US-based infrastructure firm Aecom has won an A$481m ($328m) design-build contract from the Australian government for the Edmonton to Gordonvale section of the Bruce Highway upgrade in the state of Queensland.

Under the project, a 10.5km section of the highway will be upgraded to a four-lane highway from Edmonton south to Gordonvale.

The Australian government is contributing A$384.8m ($263m) and the Queensland government A$96.2m ($66m) for the project.

The project is expected to ease traffic flow and improve road safety by reducing congestion during peak hours. It is also expected to reduce highway travel time and improve road access.

Construction is expected to begin in 2020 and is slated for completion by mid-2023.

The Edmonton to Gordonvale project is the third stage of the 15-year, $12.6bn ($8.6bn) Bruce Highway Upgrade Program to improve safety, flood resilience and capacity along the Bruce Highway from Brisbane to Cairns.

Australia Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said: “The project would significantly improve safety on the busy two-lane section of the Bruce Highway between Brisbane and Cairns.

“The Australian and Queensland governments are committed to bringing a more efficient and safe highway driving experience, to get you where you need to be safely and on time.”

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said: “Once complete, it will provide an important link for the Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor Upgrades from Gordonvale to Cairns CBD.”

Some of the existing cane rail lines at locations will be relocated to accommodate the duplicated highway.

A dedicated off-road high-speed cycleway is expected to be built from Riverstone Road to the north of Collinson Creek to connect to the existing cycleway at Thompson Road.

A new road and rail bridges at Wrights Creek and Stoney Creek are expected to be constructed.

The Bruce Highway - Cairns Southern Access Corridor - Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale project will support 466 jobs.

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Image: Bruce Highway passing through Mirriwinni, Cairns Region. Photo: courtesy of Kerry Raymond/Wikimedia Commons.

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