Brisbane’s Port Drive will be receiving a $110 million makeover from next month, with the aim of delivering a safer and more efficient access to the port.
Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd has been announced as the Design, Development and Construct Contractor for the Port Drive upgrade project, which will support close to 390 jobs over the two-year construction period.
[cwa id='content-ad'] John Kirkwood, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for Seymour Whyte, said the announcement for the Port Drive upgrade came after a competitive tender process.
“This announcement demonstrates a continuing industry confidence in our capability and major project experience,” Mr Kirkwood said.
The Port Drive upgrade will ensure that the port will continue to support trade growth in Queensland and deliver supply chain efficiencies over the next few decades. 3.1 million vehicles access the port each year, and the port handles more than $50 billion of trade each year.
Roy Cummins, CEO for the Port of Brisbane, says the project is a timely move and will support the future growth of the port.
“Port of Brisbane takes a long-term view to infrastructure safety and planning, which is why we’re bringing this significant investment forward ahead of capacity demand,” he said.
The project will involve:
• The construction of a four-lane overpass over the Kite Street and Port Drive intersection
• The duplication of Port Drive
• A concrete separation barrier along the whole road
• Improvements to the Osprey Drive and Tanker Street road networks
• The duplication of the Lucinda Drive bridge.
• A cycle path between Port Gate and Pritchard Street
MP Joan Pease called the Port Drive upgrade “…great news for the community”, and said it will support jobs and provide better active infrastructure and a safer road.
Early works will be beginning in July and construction is expected to be completed by May 2018.