DESIGN work for the largest single road infrastructure investment in the ACT, the Majura Parkway, was put up for tender earlier this month.
Companies interested in carrying out the detailed design work for the Majura Parkway have until 13 October to submit their bid under the tender process being conducted by the ACT Government.
The Parkway project, which will replace the existing Majura Road as the freight bypass around the centre of Canberra, involves the construction of 11.5 kilometres of dual carriageway. It will include seven bridges and three interchanges at the intersections with Fairbairn Avenue, Federal Highway and Monaro Highway.
Construction of the long-awaited $288 million project, equally funded by both the Federal and ACT Governments, will commence next year and is expected to be completed in 2016.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, said the design process would build on the preliminary work that was undertaken as part of the initial Environment Impact Statement.
"The Parkway is the single largest road infrastructure investment in the ACT and completing the detailed design is an important step that will allow construction to start next year," Mr Albanese said.
Mr Albanese said Infrastructure Australia has calculated the long term economic, social and environmental benefits of the project to be close to $1 billion.
The ACT Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Simon Corbell, welcomed the next phase in the Majura Parkway project.
"Once constructed, Majura Parkway will provide an important north-south transport link and will provide a direct connect between the Federal and Monaro Highways.
"The completed Majura Parkway is forecast to carry 40,000 vehicles a day by 2030, of which 15 percent will be trucks," Mr Corbell said.
Information on the tender process, which closes 13 October 2011, can be found at <http://www.procurement.act.gov.au/>. More information about the Majura Parkway project is available from <http://www.majuraparkway.act.gov.au/>.