Aecom JV to upgrade Bruce Highway in Queensland, Australia

WCN Editorial Team 11 Nov 2019 OCEANIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

HSA Group Joint Venture, a joint venture of American infrastructure firm Aecom with Australian construction companies John Holland and Seymour Whyte, is executing the A$481m ($330m) Bruce Highway duplication and upgrade project between Edmonton and Gordonvale in Australia.

The Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 3 project is being taken up to ensure safer and reliable journeys, and also improve flood resilience in the North Queensland region.

Under the project, the joint venture will upgrade the two-lane 10.5km section of the highway between Brisbane and Cairns and relocate 4.7km of the North Coast Rail line.

Aecom said that the HSA Group Joint Venture will deliver the project on behalf of Queensland Transport & Main Roads (TMR).

Aecom client director for the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads David Derrick said: “Together with Queensland Transport & Main Roads and our joint venture partners, we are relishing the challenge of tackling the most congested single carriageway section of the Bruce Highway in the state.

“AECOM’s Cairns office has already been involved in this project for many years, leading the planning and business case development.”

The Bruce Highway is a major north-south freight and commuter corridor in the Australian state of Queensland, connecting coastal centres from Brisbane to Cairns over a length of 1,677km.

The highway upgrade programme will deal with three priority areas – safety improvements, flood improvements, including raising bridges, and capacity improvements such as additional lanes.

Derrick added: “This is a uniquely collaborative arrangement where AECOM as designer is participating as a joint venture partner alongside constructors John Holland and Seymour Whyte for the delivery of this key regional project under a Design & Construct Contract.

“We are excited to pioneer this type of joint venture model on a large government road infrastructure project in Queensland, which is designed to embed the right behaviours and create a truly collaborative culture from day one – promoting innovation and improving outcomes for all stakeholders.”

Aecom provides a range of services including planning, design, engineering, consulting and construction management.

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Image: Aecom JV to upgrade Bruce Highway in Queensland, Australia. Photo: Courtesy of AECOM.

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