Expressions of interest have been called in the first stage of the tender process for the $30 million duplication of Riverway Drive in Kelso, Townsville.
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said duplication of a 3km section of the busy road between Gollogly Lane and Allambie Lane would benefit the fast-growing Upper Ross community.
“I’m pleased to announce today the first stage of tenders have been called for the construction of Riverway Drive – an important milestone for this project,” Mr Bailey said.
“Traffic counts have indicated this section of Riverway Drive is reaching capacity, with an average of 20,400 vehicles each day.”
Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper said traffic numbers were expected to reach almost 37,000 in the next 20 years.
“Duplicating Riverway Drive will improve travel times and safety with installation of central medians, signalised intersections and pedestrian crossings,” Mr Harper said.
“An average of 82 jobs will be supported over the life of the project, benefiting the local economy.”
Mr Harper urged local suppliers who were pre-qualified with QTenders to consider the tender information online.
“This first stage of the tender process gives companies the opportunity to show their previous experience in areas such as maximising local procurement and delivering similar projects,” he said.
“Once detailed design is completed later this year applicants will then be invited to tender, and those applications will then be assessed in the new year.”
Mr Harper said TMR was working with council, developers and the community to ensure the needs of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists were considered.
“As construction approaches, the project team will doorknock local residents between Allambie and Gollogly Lane to discuss the project, distribute flyers, provide website updates and put up VMS signs,” he said.