The Queensland Government in Australia has invited bids to design and build two of the three road bridges associated with the $1.15bn Moreton Bay Rail Link project.
The 12.6km Moreton Bay Rail Link will link the Redcliffe Peninsula to Petrie, running through six new stations at Kallangur, Murrumba Downs, Mango Hill (North Lakes), Kinsellas Road, Rothwell and Kippa-Ring.
The work includes realignment of Dohles Rocks Road and the construction of a new bridge between School Road and Russell Street, which entails the erection of a new bridge along Goodfellows Road and its realignment to connect it with Dohles Rocks Road at Russell Street.
State Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said planning is well underway on the third bridge to be erected along Kinsellas Road East, with the successful constructor to be announced by the end of March. The construction of bridges along Dohles Rocks Road, Goodfellows Road and Kinsellas Road East in Kallangur will ensure the smooth delivery of the project, as well as that no hazardous level crossings are created along the route of the new rail line.
The project will receive $742m in funding from the Australian Government, $300m from the Queensland Government and $105m from the Moreton Bay Regional Council.
With the tenders now out, the construction of the new Goodfellows Road and Dohles Rocks Road bridges is scheduled to commence in mid-2012 and be completed by the end of 2013.
Upon completion, the Moreton Bay Rail Link will handle about 6,000 people a day and support sustainable development and population growth in the Moreton Bay region, particularly those living on the Redcliffe Peninsula. The new bridges and road approaches will make it easy to access the future Kallangur Station and allow commuters to travel from Kippa-Ring to the Gold Coast.
Construction of the rail component of the project, including the new stations, is scheduled to start in 2013 and be completed in 2016.The deadline for the submission of bids is 3 February 2012.