Final design for Tiaro Bypass awarded

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Planning for the four-lane Tiaro Bypass project is now complete with the contract for detailed design awarded to Arup Australia and SMEC Australia.

Detailed design work for the project has started and is expected to be complete next year. Construction timeframes will be confirmed during the detailed design phase.

The bypass will address safety, flood immunity and traffic efficiency issues, and cater for future traffic demand on the Bruce Highway.

“This is an important milestone for the Tiaro Bypass and shows it’s on track to be delivered on the same timeline it always has been,” says Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey.

“As the people of the Wide Bay can see the Tiaro Bypass is on track and I’m excited to see the detailed design getting underway,” says Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey.

“The Tiaro Bypass is part of the jointly funded $13 billion Bruce Highway Upgrade Program aimed a improving safety, flood resilience and capacity along the highway between Brisbane and Cairns, with the added benefit of creating jobs and supporting our economic recovery,” says Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey.

“This includes committing to key road corridor upgrades and providing planning money for future projects in Queensland as part of the Government’s strategy to ease congestion, better connect regions, improve the access and safety of our roads and meet our national freight challenge,” says Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey.

The current design includes nine kilometres of new four-lane highway, a concrete centre median barrier, interchanges north and south of Tiaro and improved highway flood immunity.

“The Palaszczuk Government will be delivering almost $1.6 billion worth of road and transport infrastructure projects across the Wide Bay over the next four years,” says Queensland Assistant Regional Roads Minister Bruce Saunders.

“We’re also delivering major projects like the $1 billion Gympie Bypass, the $44 million Maryborough Hervey Bay Road upgrade, and the $42 million Isis Highway upgrade, plus the $7.1 billion Queensland Train Manufacturing program with a home base in Maryborough,” says Queensland Assistant Regional Roads Minister Bruce Saunders.

“The detailed design stage includes further, more detailed, technical investigations to inform the refinement of road and bridge designs,” says Queensland Assistant Regional Roads Minister Bruce Saunders.

“These include environmental, hydraulics, noise, geotechnical, pavement, traffic and safety, drainage, lighting, signage, property accesses and public utility relocations. The detailed design phase also includes preparation of construction contracts and drawings and detailed cost estimates in readiness for construction,” says Queensland Assistant Regional Roads Minister Bruce Saunders.

“Pre-qualified consultants with suitable experience in highway and bridge design, as well as geotechnical and hydraulic engineering were invited to submit offers for the design work,” says Queensland Assistant Regional Roads Minister Bruce Saunders.

Several pre-qualified consultants (including a number of joint ventures) submitted offers and the Department of Transport and Main Roads evaluated the submissions using both performance-based assessment criteria and competitive pricing, to determine the offer that presents the best value for money.

“Stakeholder input played a major role in the development of the concept design, particularly input from the Tiaro Community Working Group. Ongoing consultation with project stakeholders will continue during the detailed design phase of the project,” says Queensland Assistant Regional Roads Minister Bruce Saunders.

The Tiaro Bypass project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, with the Australian Government committing $268.8 million to the $336 million project. It is estimated to support an average of 490 direct jobs over the life of the project.

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