Road construction to begin with Newman's $280 million spend

QUEENSLAND'S construction industry has received a $280 million boost under the first round of the Newman Government's program to improve road conditions.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the five-year contracts for road asset management would be delivered by Leighton Boral Amey Joint Venture (Gold Coast area), Road Infrastructure Services (Brisbane area) and Downer Mouchel (Sunshine Coast area.)

"These contracts will stimulate the local road construction industry, underpin local jobs, and give taxpayers real value for money as stage one of a program that will eventually deliver more than $400 million of road work," Mr Emerson said.

"During the past ten years taxpayers have been slugged far too much for roadworks, with the cost of building and maintaining roads in Queensland increasing at well above the national average.

"The cost of maintaining roads blew out because Labor refused to work with the local construction industry to deliver the best outcome for drivers and taxpayers.

"These new contracts will deliver more bang for our buck, and encourage innovation and the use of new products and treatments as we keep striving to deliver better infrastructure and better planning for Queensland."

The boost for the sector was a result of the government's reforms to RoadTek across south east Queensland, which were announced in June 2012.

Mr Emerson said the winning tenderers were Australian companies with a strong Queensland presence and the program of works would create valuable local employment opportunities.

"By combining this work and delivering it in an integrated fashion we expect to see better roads for motorists across the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast regions," he said.

"Through an open tendering process we have achieved a range of tangible savings in resurfacing and reconstruction works."

RoadTek will still play an important role in regional and remote areas where its expertise and responsiveness will deliver when private firms are unable to do so - particularly during natural disasters.

These contracts will begin at the end of November 2013.