Smithfield Bypass a step closer with contract award
Published Friday, 20 July, 2018 at 08:07 AM
Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey
One of Far North Queensland’s most significant road infrastructure projects has today become a step closer, with the Smithfield Bypass design and construction contract being awarded to Highway Construction / Albem Operations Joint Venture.
The $152 million Palaszczuk Government project is set to begin construction in late 2018, with works due to finish in late 2020, weather permitting.
Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said today’s announcement was great news for Cairns.
“After a thorough assessment process, I am pleased to announce that Highway Construction / Albem Operations Joint Venture has been awarded the design and construction contract of the Smithfield bypass,” Mr Crawford said.
“Highway Construction / Albem Operations Joint Venture is currently working with Transport and Main Roads on design solutions that deliver additional functionality and efficiency and will of course be consulting with the community.”
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said motorists would notice a dramatic reduction in travel time once the project was completed.
“This is an exciting project that will also improve safety for motorists on this section of the Captain Cook Highway,” Mr Bailey said.
“During its construction, the Smithfield Bypass project will support 115 full-time jobs.
“By directing through traffic onto the new bypass road, motorists can expect to see improved traffic conditions and less congestion.”
Mr Crawford said the local community would significantly benefit from the new infrastructure.
“As part of the tender process, it was important potential contractors could demonstrate their commitment to engaging local employees and businesses,” Mr Crawford said.
“I am pleased to see these important works awarded to a business that will support local families.”
The Smithfield Bypass project is one of three significant road projects improving roads and vehicle access in the Far North.
Construction of Stage 4 of the Kate Street to Aumuller Street project is expected to start in late August 2018.
In addition, construction of the Bruce Highway - Cairns Southern Access Corridor - Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale highway duplication is expected to start late 2019.
Mr Crawford said it was a very exciting time to be part of the road-building industry in Cairns.
“There will undoubtedly be many more opportunities for Cairns-based businesses to get involved in the near future,” he said.