Arup and SMEC to design Tiaro Bypass

RA members Arup and SMEC have been awarded the detailed design contract for the four-lane Tiaro Bypass project on Queensland’s Bruce Highway.

The the draft concept design developed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) includes includes 9km of new four-lane highway, a concrete centre median barrier, interchanges north and south of Tiaro and improved highway flood immunity.

Arup and SMEC will now work with TMR to deliver:

  • further detailed investigations including environmental, hydraulics, noise, geotechnical, pavement, traffic and safety assessments;
  • development of detailed road and bridge design drawings including drainage, lighting, signage, property accesses and public utility relocations; and
  • preparation of detailed cost estimates, construction drawings and contract and procurement documents for the construction phase.

The Federal and Queensland governments are both investing in the $336 million project, with the Federal Government providing $268.8 million. It’s anticipated the Tiaro Bypass will support an average of 490 direct jobs over the life of the project.

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