CLIENT: Department of Transport and Main Roads, Far North Queensland
TIMEFRAME: May 2013 – June 2014
VALUE: AUD$15 million
Highway Construction were engaged to complete extensive highway reconstruction and rehabilitation works needed to repair cyclone damage to the Kennedy Highway in Far North Queensland.
In the wake of Cyclone Yasi in 2011 and Cyclone Oswald in 2013, Highway Construction was engaged by the Department of Transport and Main Roads Queensland, to provide rehabilitation and reconstruction works to the Kennedy Highway, located approximately 100 km south-west of Cairns in the Far North of the State.
Highway Construction was awarded the contract under the Transport Network Reconstruction Program and National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) – a joint Federal and Queensland Government initiative committed to rebuilding flood-damaged roadways.
The project involved the remediation of approximately 12km of cyclone-damaged embankments and roadways over four sites along the main arterial road between Ravenshoe and Atherton. It also included the reconstruction of two intersections.
Minimising impact on motorists and the local community required extensive planning and coordination with the client, local authorities, local stakeholders, and specialist subcontractors in the region. Local workers and industry were also engaged as a matter of course throughout the project.
Highway Construction’s extensive experience in delivering major rural road projects ensured the successfully delivery of the project prior to the funding deadline and high specifications and standards set by the Department of Transport & Main Roads, Queensland.
The project also took full advantage of the opportunity to engage local equipment suppliers and personnel by using local plant hire, quarry materials, traffic management and the direct hire and training of local community members.