BRISBANE Lord Mayor Graham Quirk last week announced that BMD Constructions has been selected as the preferred contractor to design and construct the $80 million upgrade of the Inner City Bypass following a competitive tender process.
Cr Quirk said BMD Constructions provided the best overall value for money for Council and ratepayers based on criteria including experience and financial capacity to deliver large scale projects and expertise across design and construction on projects in a densely populated urban area.
As part of the project, the Inner City Bypass will be widened from three to four lanes in each direction between Legacy Way and the RNA tunnel to increase capacity and allow for future growth along the key corridor.
"As part of the upgrade, Council will deliver new and improved on and off-ramps onto the ICB, including new bus priority measures at the Herston Road exit off the ICB, including a new dedicated bus priority lane," Cr Quirk said.
"Queuing at the Herston Road exit off the ICB can typically be for 10-15 minutes in the morning peak so the new dedicated bus priority lane will help tackle congestion and reduce travel times," he said.
"New and improved bus services travelling to and from the western suburbs will also be able to interchange with the planned Brisbane Metro Subway System at Herston, providing benefits across the Brisbane-wide bus network.
"A new westbound on-ramp will be built from Bowen Bridge Road and the Inner Northern Busway onto the ICB and be available for all vehicles. It will enable bus services to use the Legacy Way tunnel in both directions, and outbound services will potentially experience similar time savings as experienced on inbound services."
Infrastructure Chairman Amanda Cooper said major construction works are expected to commence in March next year, however some preliminary works will start next month.
"The first step in delivering this important project will be undertaking works to relocate jet fans in the RNA tunnel to accommodate future road widening activities for the upgrade," Cr Cooper said.