Funding sign-off for $500m floodplain project
Construction of the project will start mid-2018 and be completed around mid-2021, weather permitting.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the $514.3 million upgrade of key sections of the highway would improve flood immunity and freight reliability for Queensland’s primary north-south corridor and boost accessibility for rural residents travelling to Townsville for essential services.
"This project will significantly reduce the frequency and duration of road closures along this section of the highway during the wet season and keep freight and people moving. The Bruce Highway is a vital artery for Queenslanders and upgrades which minimise closures due to flooding help keep this highway flowing," Mr Bailey said.
Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said at least 12km of the 13.5 kilometre section of highway was often flood-affected during the wet season, with the southern and northern ends most often impacted.
"I have pushed for a fix on the narrow and dangerous Haughton River Bridge since 2012, and the timeline for construction was brought forward last year," he said.
"Works will include the construction of an upgraded Haughton River Bridge, two overpasses and 13 other bridges, upgrading nine rural intersections, widening the road and installation of wide centre line treatment installed along the full length of the project."
The Australian Government has committed up to $411.4 million to the project, with the Queensland Government contributing $102.9 million.