Tenders called for Cape River Bridge Upgrade
Published Tuesday, 22 November, 2016 at 11:50 AM
Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply
The Honourable Mark Bailey
Construction tenders have been called for the $34.6 million Cape River Bridge Upgrade, south of Charters Towers which will support 34 regional jobs.
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said as well as boosting local jobs, the project would deliver a new, higher and wider bridge and improved approaches on a 2km section of the Gregory Developmental Road.
“We have made excellent progress on the planning and design of this vital flood immunity project,” Mr Bailey said.
“The tender for the supply of bridge piles was awarded to Rockhampton-based company Stresscrete earlier this month and we expect to award the construction contract early next year.”
Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke said the Cape River Bridge Upgrade would improve road safety and accessibility between Emerald and Charters Towers.
“We’ll see significant reductions in road closures due to flooding when this project is complete,” Ms O’Rourke said.
“This means improved year-round freight access to inland communities and the Townsville Port, as well as safer and better driving conditions for locals.
“This project is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $77 million investment in the Gregory Developmental Road over the next three years.
“In addition to the Cape River Bridge Upgrade, we will spend more than $42 million to widen and strengthen 34km of remaining single lane and narrow two-lane sections north of Charters Towers.
“We are committed to improving the inland highway to ensure it is safe and dependable for local residents, the freight, mining and agricultural industries, and tourists.”
Construction of the Cape River Bridge Upgrade is expected to start in April, after the wet season, and be completed by mid-2018, weather and construction conditions permitting.
Minister Bailey’s office – 0428 079 640
Minister O’Rourke’s office – 0408 317 992