Mendi Construction has been announced as the successful bid contractor on the intersection upgrade on Benwell Road and Archer Street at the Port of Townsville.
Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland and Member for Mundingburra Coralee O’Rourke said that the overall $1.3 million project, part of the Queensland Government’s Accelerated Works Program, would make the intersection safer for all types of vehicles and provide easier access to the port.
“I’m delighted that once again a local Townsville business has been successful in its bid to complete these important infrastructure works at the port which means local jobs for the community.”
“This intersection is one of the busiest intersections around the port, handling around 440 cars and trucks an hour at its busiest time.”
Treasurer Curtis Pitt said Mendi Construction had been operating out of Townsville for more than 50 years and services the north and central region of Queensland.
“The Port of Townsville is key component of the economic strength of this region, which is why we fought to retain ownership of our state’s assets and why we will continue investing in the infrastructure Townsville needs to seize future opportunities,” Mr Pitt said.
“Best of all, this is a local tender which will support local jobs at a time we need it most.”
Port of Townsville Limited General Manager Infrastructure and Planning Kim Gebers said that the project involved widening the intersection footprint by adding turning lanes, reconfiguring existing kerbing, relocating some existing infrastructure, and resurfacing works
“The existing intersection on Benwell Road/Archer Street has been in place since the 1970s and since then we’ve seen the construction of the Port Access Road to facilitate better traffic flow into the Townsville Port,” said Mr Gebers.
“A substantial amount of cargo arrives at the port by road train and this intersection needs an upgrade to more safely and efficiently handle longer vehicles; ensuring we get the best supply chain productivity for the Townsville Port and our customers,” he said.
“Once again I’m pleased to see a local contractor has been successful in its bid for infrastructure works by putting in a strong tender submission.”
Mendi Construction Managing Director Jeffrey Doyle said that as a local business they believed in the growth and development of Townsville and the local community infrastructure.
“Mendi are excited to be awarded this project and look forward to further cementing our working relationship with the Townsville Port,” said Mr Doyle.
“The improvements to this highly utilised intersection will provide ongoing employment for Mendi Construction's local personnel, suppliers and subcontractors,” he said.
The intersection project will commence this month and is due for completion by the end of 2016.