$1 billion Bruce Hwy reveal will trigger local jobs tsunami
THE winner of the first of two monster contracts to build the final 26km of the Cooroy to Curra Bypass will be announced in the next few weeks, and is expected to trigger a tsunami of job applications.
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A Department of Transport and Main Roads spokesman said yesterday that while there was no official start date yet for the $1 billion Bruce Highway upgrade, the entire project would be delivered through two main constuction contracts:
Contract 1: Woondum interchange to Sandy Creek Road
Contract 2: Sandy Creek Road to Curra.
This comes after State Transport Minister Mark Bailey said last month construction would begin in July.
"Since November last year, we have undertaken a rigorous three-stage procurement process to ensure we engage suitable contractors," the DTMR spokesman said yesterday.
"We are very close to announcing the first contract next month (August)."
"We will then focus on getting the job started and securing the second contractor later this year.
"When the successful contractors have been announced, individuals will be able to apply directly to them for work.
"We do not have a specific start date, but the successful contractor will set up site soon after the announcement and start preparation works such as clearing vegetation and earthworks."
Construction work is expected to support an average of 576 direct jobs, at a time when they are needed most following the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the Gympie economy and jobless figures.
'The process is the same for businesses, however there is also a local business Industry Register available on the project website to encourage local business participation," the spokesman said.
Since the register went live in December last year, almost 200 businesses have submitted their details.
The Cooroy to Curra, Bruce Highway upgrade is an important infrastructure project improving safety, efficiency and flood immunity.
It will also help the region and Queensland's post-COVID-19 recovery.
For more information, visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au/cooroytocurra, and select 'Section D Woondum to Curra.'