Rookwood Weir construction moves into key phase
It follows a raft of enabling works such as the recent completion of the workers’ accommodation camp as well as road and bridge upgrades.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said it was great to visit the site, see the workers’ camp and mark the start of the weir construction.
“The project will provide at least 140 jobs for workers in Central Queensland and the now complete workers’ camp will provide quarters for crews working 10 days on, four days off, to build the weir,” Ms Landry said.
Rookwood Weir is being built on the Fitzroy River, 66km south-west of Rockhampton.
The project will expand irrigated agricultural production in the Lower Fitzroy River region by providing an additional 86,000 megalitres of water.
Central Queensland-based McCosker Contracting was awarded the contract to build the Rookwood Weir with ACCIONA, in partnership with GHD and Sunwater.
The project is creating about 115 jobs for essential road and bridge upgrades, and an estimated 200 jobs in construction of the weir.
In the lead-up to the in-river work, the Capricorn Highway intersection has been upgraded at Gogango and Thirsty Creek Rd has been widened.
Civil, Mining and Construction (CMC) is working on an 18m-high concrete Riverslea Bridge, which is approaching finalisation.
It replaces the existing crossing with a single 3.5m-wide road lane, connecting the approaches to the bridge with the existing road, including passing bays at both ends, and demolishing the existing culvert crossing.
Works on the fourth enabling project, an upgrade to Foleyvale Bridge and its approach roads, are expected to commence early next year.
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