The Walkerston Bypass will deliver a new 2-lane rural highway to connect Peak Downs Highway west of Walkerston to the Mackay Ring Road near Paget.
The new Walkerston Bypass will become the designated heavy vehicle route for B-double and other multi-combination vehicles, including A-double road
The project is being delivered as a Construct Only project for the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Government. The Detailed Design phase commenced in 2019 with AECOM as the design consultant and was completed in 2021 before proceeding into the construction phase. The project is currently in construction with Fulton Hogan as the head contractor.
The project overcame many challenges associated with delivering an IS Rating for a rural greenfield project, ultimately achieving an IS v1.2 Design Rating of Excellent. Rating highlights included a 53 per cent reduction in material lifecycle impacts in the design against the IS Base Case, a new operational energy modelling methodology for grid emissions, and a market transformation innovation for the establishment of a mobile plant-mixed foamed bitumen plant