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Transport Network Reconstruction Program
Expected completion date:
Client: Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads
Contract type: Collaborative Regional Program Agreement
Main contractors:SKM -- Far north Queensland; north Queensland
(including former northwest Queensland)
Opus, Leighton and Arup -- Mackay/Whitsunday and
Wide Bay Burnett regions
MWH and SKM -- Central Queensland (including
former Fitzroy and central west regions)
Aurecon, THG and HIG -- Southwest region
Aecom and CGI -- Metro/Darling Downs regions
Aurecon -- North coast region
e Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads
is delivering the largest reconstruction e ort in the state s
history, rebuilding communities, xing infrastructure and
restoring regional economies a er ooding and cyclone
events in the summers of 2010/2011 and 2011/2012.
In early 2011, 100% of the state was disaster declared with
approximately 20,610km of roads closed. Since November
2011, more than 10,890km of state-controlled roads have
been closed due to further natural disaster events. Due to
the extensive ooding, a review of the damage of the state-
controlled road network was undertaken and an estimate of
the reconstruction costs completed.
e 2012 Queensland budget included an allocation
of $1.127 billion for reconstruction works. is was in
addition to the $4.2 billion already allocated to complete
reconstruction works from natural disasters in 2010/11.
ere is more than $6.023 billion now budgeted to
reconstruct 8545km of Queensland s state-controlled roads.
e program is being delivered under Natural Disaster
Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). Under these
arrangements, the federal government provides 75% of the
funding, with 25% from the Queensland government.
To date, the project has particular challenges due to
geographical remoteness and the entire project s scope,
which includes wilderness areas with complex frameworks
within Wild Rivers legislations, national parks and the
Great Barrier Reef world heritage area. ere is also a large
community engagement piece to the project, including
cultural heritage and Native Title considerations.
Contractors have an obligation to think locally and where
appropriate use local suppliers, contractors and services.
Contractors are complying with local industry participation
plans and developing local industries by increasing
participation and upskilling the workforce.
rough a number of the regions, SKM said some
solutions to challenges have included strategic planning
for program, procurement, risk and safety management as
well as combining projects into consolidated construction
packages, which has allowed for e ciencies in the tendering
and procurement process. Web-based systems for e ciency
and consistency have also been developed along with safety
management plans for consistent management approaches
across the regions.
Most recent achievements across the whole program
include the opening of Somerset Regional Council s
permanent Alf Williams Bridge. e bridge crosses the
Brisbane River and was opened last month. e original
Alf Williams Bridge, a 67m single lane timber bridge,
was completely destroyed in the January 2011 ood and
Somerset Regional Council employed an innovative solution
for its restoration.
Council acted swi ly and installed a 33m modular
temporary bridge just four weeks a er the ood event.
e new permanent Alf Williams Bridge is a double lane
concrete structure that withstood recent ooding. e
permanent Alf Williams Bridge was constructed by local
contractor Construction Project Management.
A willingness to look at innovative technology, such as
cutting-edge subgrade stabilisation methods, has also been
used in the recently completed reconstruction of Hartmann
Bridge at Toobeah, 40km west of Goondiwindi. As a result
of ooding in the Weir River in January 2011, the central
three box culvert cells sank by up to 175mm which resulted
in sagging of the bridge deck, making the bridge unsafe. By
using Uretek technology -- a pressure-injected expanding
resin -- Goondiwindi Shire Council has achieved both
the most durable and best value-for-money restoration
outcome. Uretek technology stabilised the subgrade under
the bridge to prevent future sinking. It was also used to
jack up the bridge and reduce the de ection by about
50%. Replacement concrete work was carried out by local
company Tony s Concrete and Kerb of Goondiwindi.
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