State premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that a joint venture of Georgiou Group and BMD Constructions has won the contract.

The upgrade will see a new Centenary Bridge built in Jindalee, as well an upgrade of the existing bridge.The new three-lane bridge will carry northbound traffic, while the existing bridge will be rehabilitated to take three southbound lanes. There will also be provision for active transport.

Centenary Bridge, Queensland - image of the new and refurbished bridges

The federal and Queensland governments are jointly funding the US$201 million project.

Earlier bids for the project had been rejected over concerns that they were too low for the amount of work involved.

State member for Mount Ommaney Jess Pugh said: “Previous tender submissions came in low, and another even promised to build two new bridges with the funding – both options had to be thoroughly explored to make sure we were getting the best value for taxpayers. After consideration, we saw that these tender submissions could not deliver on what was promised. I’m pleased we can now move forward with a reliable, Queensland-based joint venture, with over 40 years’ experience.”

Construction will start in 2023.