Nov 23, 2016

Start to Bruce Highway upgrade north of Ayr

Start to Bruce Highway upgrade north of Ayr The RMS crew at work on the Bruce Highway about 70km south of Townsville.

RMS Engineering and Construction has started work on an upgrade of the Bruce Highway between Ayr and Townsville.

The company has a $4 million contract covering widening and strengthening a 2.1km section of road between West Barratta Creek and Didgeridoo Lagoon as well as installing a 1m wide centre line treatment.

Three sections of the highway about 20km north of Ayr will be getting attention under an $8.6 million project jointly funded between the Federal and State governments.

The other principal contractor involved is Vassallo Constructions and Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said that company and RMS had been encouraged to use local suppliers.

Construction works from Lochinvar Station Rd to Collinsons Lagoon, between East Barratta Creek and West Barratta Creek and from Didgeridoo Lagoon to East Barratta Creek are expected to be completed in April 2017.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said an average of 25 jobs would be supported over the life of the projects.

“We have fast-tracked this work through the Queensland Government’s Accelerated Works Program to help boost employment and the local economy,” Mr Bailey said.

Stage 1 contract awarded for Bohle roadworks

Meanwhile in Townsville, the city council plans to upgrade three Ingham Rd intersections to improve traffic flow and heavy vehicle safety in the Bohle Industrial Area.

The intersections are with Enterprise St, Weston/Everett streets and Webb Drive.

The work, to be completed in three stages, will begin with Stage 1 of construction of a new dual lane roundabout at the Ingham Rd, Western and Everett St intersections.

The Townsville City Council this week recommended the $3,248,635.51 Stage 1 contract be awarded to Mendi Constructions.

Infrastructure Committee chair Cr Mark Molachino said the project would also require water main replacement.

“The work includes the supply and installation of new water mains surrounding the roundabout and any augmentation of existing telecommunication and electrical infrastructure,” Cr Molachino said.

“Ingham Road is in the significant Bohle industrial and commercial area, generating a large volume of heavy vehicle traffic, so it is necessary to upgrade the intersections to keep pace with traffic increases. An efficient road network supports business productivity and its contribution to Townsville’s economy.”

State and Federal funding through the State Government Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme and the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program has contributed to the project which will be completed over three financial years.