Delivering the Gateway Upgrade Project on budget and seven months ahead of schedule has won Queensland Motorways and the Queensland Government the prestigious National Infrastructure Project of the Year award.
The project was delivered by Queensland Motorways on behalf of the State Government as the biggest design, construct and maintain contract in national history.
Queensland Motorways Acting Chief Executive Officer John Gardiner said the project had been delivered quickly and without major impacts.
"Queensland Motorways and our construction partners have maintained the existing network capacity throughout construction, rebuilding the Gateway Motorway day and night, to ensure that this vital artery continued to flow every day," he said.
Mr Gardiner said one of the keys to the project's success was the strength and professionalism of the team.
"Queensland Motorways is rightly proud of its achievements and again I thank our team for a job well done," he said.
"We forged strong working relationships with the State Government and contractor, Leighton Abigroup Joint Venture, to get the job done."
The Gateway Upgrade Project comprised 20 kilometres of new and upgraded motorway, as well as the duplication of the iconic Gateway Bridge. With the project team beating its deadlines and budgets, the State Government fast-tracked a final four kilometre extension to the project scope which is expected to be completed within the original project timeframe of mid 2011.
This award is the second for the project, having won an Engineers Australia State Engineering Excellence Award in 2007 for its procurement phase.
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