Friday, April 26, 2024

Tenders open for Newell Highway contractor

Tenders are now being called to engage a head contractor to manage a significant stage of the Newell Highway Upgrade package.

The Federal and NSW governments have committed more than $257 million towards heavy-duty pavement upgrades along the highway to deliver safer, more reliable journeys between Narrabri and Moree.

Four priority sections, totalling a 26.85-kilometre stretch of the Newell Highway, will be upgraded as part of the project.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Barnaby Joyce said the Federal Government’s $205.7 million investment would ensure this stretch of road meets the needs of motorists and freight vehicles, while providing opportunities for local and regional contractors.

“This is a major upgrade for the Newell Highway, which connects freight operators and other road users travelling inland between Queensland and Victoria and many regional communities,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“The project will reduce travel times, increase freight productivity and improve access along the Newell Highway, as well as to the future Moree Special Activation Precinct and Northern NSW Inland Port at Narrabri.”

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole said work includes installing a heavy-duty surface suitable for heavy vehicles along the prioritised sections of the highway to boost freight efficiencies and improve connectivity for all road users.

“The Newell Highway is the freight backbone of the state, and this latest upgrade builds on our record investment, which also includes rolling out approximately 40 overtaking lanes and opening road train access along the entire length of the highway, to unlock big freight efficiency gains from border to border,” Mr Toole.

“Our focus is now on delivering the biggest project under the jointly funded Newell Highway Upgrade package, and today’s release of the tender for the main contract for this project, brings us a step closer to seeing shovels in the ground.”

Work is planned to commence in early 2022 following the announcement of the successful head contractor for the main construction contract.

A mandatory pre-tender meeting for pre-qualified tenderers will be held on Tuesday, 12 October 2021.

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