Construction of the $515 million Bruce Highway – Haughton River Floodplain upgrade project – south of Townsville has been brought forward nine months ahead of schedule, with tenders to be called this week.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project was included in the Australian Government’s $50 billion infrastructure investment programme.
“The results of our spending on the highway are there for all to see – from new overtaking lanes and wider medians, to new interchanges, bridges and bypasses,” Mr Chester said.
“Floodproofing works such as these help keep north Queensland’s economy functioning during the wet season, which means job security for residents and dollars into the cash registers of local businesses. The Australian Government is investing up to $412 million in this project - money well spent when it comes to building a safer and more efficient Bruce Highway for everyone.
“Tenders for the design and construction of the project will be called for in early May, allowing the upgrade to commence construction nine months earlier than planned.”
Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said the Queensland Government had contributed $103 million to the joint project.