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RMS Engineering and Construction has won the contract to build a $4.5 million truck staging area at Port of Townsville.

The project, which will cater for up to 20 triple road trains when completed, is due to commence this week and is expected to be completed in early 2021.

RMS also recently completed civil construction work for the port’s Berth 4 cargo terminal, which involved excavation and removal of a range of materials from site, erosion and sediment control, drainage works, earthworks and pavements.

RMS managing director Richard McDonald said that the truck staging project would support the company’s growth in Northern Australia.

“This project will see around 16 people full time employed and many part-time trades,’’ he said.

“The multi-lane truck staging area project involves construction of approximately 13,000sq m of asphalt pavement for staging of road trains and other trucks prior to entry to the port.

“Included in the scope is an upgrade to existing stormwater culverts and pits, electrical work and landscaping and revegetation works. We are very proud to be involved.’’

Townsville Port general manager of infrastructure and environment, Marissa Wise said the facility would reduce congestion and improve safety within the port and along port access roads, while improving the efficiency of cargo handling and freight operations. 

“The facility will also include amenities and an outdoor rest area for truck drivers. Only port-authorised trucks will be allowed to access the facility, which will have surveillance cameras monitored by port security,’’ she said.

IMAGE: An artist's impression of the planned development at Port of Townsville.