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TIN news:   The Australian and Queensland Governments have completed the first stage of tendering for the Cooroy to Curra project, which includes upgrading around 10.5km of the Bruce Highway between Traveston and Woondum.
Funding for the A$691m ($503m) project came from both the governments, with the federal government contributing A$307.4m ($223m) and the state providing A$384.20m ($279m).
The project will deliver improved safety, reduced travel times and strengthen the local economy by creating more than 680 jobs in the region.
"Section C had already been fast tracked to address safety issues on the existing highway and substantially improve travelling conditions."
In the first stage of the tender process, ten pre-qualified contractors have submitted their applications for the Section C contract between Traveston and Woondum.
Deputy prime minister and minister for infrastructure and regional development and federal member for Wide Bay Warren Truss said: "When calling for tenders for the first stage of works, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) required potential contractors to demonstrate their experience working on large infrastructure projects, including proven high-performance in effective environmental management."
Four out of ten contractors have been selected by TMR to progress to the next stage, including Fulton Hogan, Lend Lease, John Holland and Leighton Contractors.
The shortlisted contractors will have to submit tenders before 14 December for the second stage of the tender process, which includes the price component to deliver the upgrade.
The tenders will then be evaluated by TMR, which will award a deal for the winning contractor early next year.
Queensland minister for main roads, road safety and ports Mark Bailey said: "Section C had already been fast tracked to address safety issues on the existing highway and substantially improve travelling conditions."
In July, works started on the Cooroy to Curra Section C project south of Gympie, under which the existing highway between Woondum Road and the Six Mile Creek rest area will be widened.
The early works also include installing left and right-turn lanes at the Keefton Road and Six Mile Creek rest area intersections, as well as building entry lanes to provide safe access to the Gold Nugget Service Station.
Construction under the Section C will include a new four-lane highway between Traveston and Woondum, with capacity to be upgraded to six lanes in the future.
Safety works will also be carried out along the existing highway between Woondum and Venardos Avenue and are expected to be completed by mid-2016.
Major works under the project are scheduled to start in early 2016 and expected to be completed in late 2018 if weather permits.

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