Townsville City Council have awarded the project of rebuilding the Queensland city’s roads to engineering and construction firm Abigroup. The cost of the rebuild, following severe flooding earlier this year, is estimated at $50 million.
Funded through the Federal Government’s Natural Disaster Relief Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) program, the project will encompass repairs to more than 750 roads in the Townsville region, some of which require full reconstruction.
“Abigroup has been a part of the Townsville community for over 17 years and has vast experience as a road builder in the state,” said Gary Inness, Abigroup’s North Queensland manager.
“We’re looking forward to working closely with the City Council as we repair Townsville’s road and infrastructure network following the extensive damage that has resulted from extended wet seasons over the past couple of years.”
Innes added that the project would support local industry “by maximising the volume of work provided to local subcontractors and suppliers as well as potentially utilising the vast experience of the Council’s own workforce”.
While Abigroup’s appointment was announced on 10 May by the Council’s Infrastructure Committee, which supported a recommendation from a tender evaluation report, the recommendation will go to full Council for approval on 24 May with work expected to begin shortly after formalisation.
Abigroup already have contracts for projects in the region including the Townsville Port Access Road, Douglas Arterial Duplication and the Cardwell Range Alliance.