Toowoomba bypass jobs on offer but there's a catch

Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, Toowoomba - Cecil Plains Rd.
Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, Toowoomba - Cecil Plains Rd. Contributed

TOOWOOMBA Second Range Crossing constructor Nexus Infrastructure is looking for a raft of businesses to help build the $1.6 billion project.

Nexus will design, construct, operate and maintain the 41km-long crossing, with most of the project to be done by subcontractors.

Opportunities exist for a range of industries, including security, waste management, traffic control and civil works.

In the initial rollout, Nexus will need subcontractors that can provide drainage, pre-cast materials, clearing and grubbing, formwork, aggregate, reinforcement works and earthworks.

Suppliers and subcontractors will be chosen based on safety performance, work history, price, resources, local content, indigenous employment and training record.

A fatigue management policy is in place which requires workers to live within a 75km radius of the project.

That will require non-local suppliers that want to be involved on the project to relocate.

Nexus Delivery project director Jose Antonio Sanchez said the consortium would use the Industry Capability Network Gateway to appoint subcontractors.

A procurement schedule is available under "project documents" at gateway.icn.org.au.

The Industry Capability Network Gateway will host profile improvement workshops in Toowoomba to help suppliers improve their chances of winning contracts.

The workshops will explain how company's can submit expressions of interest.

Two sessions will be held at the City Golf Club on Tuesday, December 8.

The first session is 8.30 - 11.30am and the second 1.30 - 4.30pm.

Ahead of major works, Nexus has started potholing works along the bypass corridor in the Lockyer Valley and Toowoomba regions.

That involves the excavation of the road surface and footpaths to identify existing services, followed by reinstatement of the area.

Motorists can expect temporary single-lane closures, noise from heavy vehicles and odour from asphalting work in Postmans Ridge, Cranley, Charlton and Wellcamp.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will visit Toowoomba this weekend and is expected to officially launch construction of the bypass.



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