Feb 21, 2012

Bruce Highway upgrade: final contract awarded on Mackay southern approach project

BMD Constructions has been selected to deliver the third and final stage in the upgrade of the Bruce Highway through Mackay’s southern suburbs, with construction expected to begin as early as April.

The latest multi-million dollar contract is for the duplication of the Highway between Temples Lane and Farrelly’s Road, and will complement the upgrades to the nearby intersections (nearing completion) as well as the widening of the road between Farrelly’s Road and Boundary Road (completed).

The project’s final stage will also upgrade Connors Road on behalf of the local council, erect traffic lights at the Temples Lane intersection and install a roundabout at the Stockroute Road intersection – see attached map.

Work on this fully-Federally funded project has entered the home straight, news which will no doubt be welcomed by local residents as well as the 15,000 motorists and truck drivers which use this stretch of highway each day.

Once fully completed towards the end of next year, the upgrade will ease localised congestion and deliver smoother, safer driving conditions.

Importantly, this project is just one of many now occurring up and down the Bruce Highway as a direct result of the unprecedented $2.7 billion investment we’re making in this road.  Indeed compared to the former Howard Government, Federal Labor is spending more than twice as much in about half the time.

Right now there are hundreds of construction workers on site upgrading 158 kilometres of highway.  Unlike LNP politicians who talk a lot about the Bruce when in opposition but quickly ignore it when they get into office, Labor governments have consistently stepped up and taken on the task of building a better, safer Bruce Highway.

As well as upgrading the Bruce Highway through its southern suburbs, Federal Labor investment in Mackay hasn’t stopped there.  It also includes a record $7.2 million to assist the council maintain its local roads, safety works at the intersection between Gordon and Tennyson streets, installation of boom gates at three high risk level crossings and a multi-million committed to the redevelop of the City’s sports stadium.