McConnell Dowell awarded Archer River Crossing in Far North Queensland

McConnell Dowell is proud to announce it has been selected by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) in Queensland as the contractor to deliver the Archer River Crossing project.

The Archer River Crossing is the latest project in a program of upgrades on the Peninsula Developmental Road to be delivered as part of the Cape York Region Package (CYRP) Stage 2.  The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments under the Roads of Strategic Importance program.

The Archer River Crossing project includes:

  • a new 230 metre long (11x 21 metre spans), 10.4 metre wide deck bridge over Archer River
  • vertical alignment modification to improve resilience to flooding
  • bitumen surfacing
  • earthworks and drainage
  • guardrails, signs, and pavement marking.

The new bridge at Archer River will be located around 20 metres downstream of the existing crossing, with abutments and piers supported by three 1200 millimetre diameter columns.

McConnell Dowell has an outstanding track record in delivering transport infrastructure across Australia. Many of these projects have been delivered in remote locations with challenging supply chains.

We have drawn upon this knowledge and developed a robust methodology that aims to see the major elements of the project delivered at a faster than normal pace.

It is recognised that a true value-for-money proposition extends beyond the direct cost to deliver a project. To achieve this, we have developed a project-specific integrated procurement strategy to deliver further benefits to the region beyond the infrastructure itself.

McConnell Dowell recognises and pays respects to the Traditional Owners on the project site and the surrounding areas:

  • Coen
  • Aurukun
  • Weipa
  • Lockhart River

This project aligns perfectly with our Purpose of 'Providing a Better Life' with this critical infrastructure delivering long-term positive benefits to the community.  We look forward to working with TMR to deliver this important infrastructure upgrade.