Jun 3, 2012

Bruce Highway Upgrade: New Contracts, More Federal Money

Regular users of the Bruce Highway between Maryborough and Proserpine will soon notice work ramping up on another round of upgrades including construction of more overtaking lanes and the elimination of notorious black spots.

This package of works is largely made up of fully-Federally funded projects, including:

  • Straightening and flattening the section just south of Gin Gin as well as upgrading the intersection with the Bundaberg-Gin Gin Road.
    Tenders were call in March and closed in May, with work on this $20 million project expected to begin early next year and be completed later that same year.
  • Building a new southbound overtaking lane at Cherwell River and a new northbound lane at Pig Creek between Howard and Childers.
    Work on this $8.6 million project is on track to be completed by the end of the year.
  • Building four new overtaking lanes between Bloomsbury and Proserpine.
    Work on this $8.1 million project is expected to commence in August and be completed early next year.
  • Building four new overtaking lanes between Calen and Bloomsbury.
    This $8.25 million project is on track to be completed in October.
  • Building a new northbound overtaking lane north of Alligator Creek between Sarina and Mackay.
    Work on this $4 million project is on track to be completed in October.

In addition, we are partnering with the Queensland Government to provide 80 per cent of the funding required to deliver the following projects, which together have an estimated price tag of $100 million:

  • Straightening the Back Creek Range section, 24 kilometres north of Gin Gin, and constructing a new southbound overtaking lane.
    Tenders opened in April and will close later this month, with construction to commence in August.
  • Straightening the section between Cabbage Tree Creek and Carmen’s Road.
    Construction will commence early next year.

Both these joint projects are expected to be completed in early 2014.

We are building a Bruce Highway which supports rather than hinders the State’s growth, a capital works program which right now is putting more than 3,500 people to work, both direct and indirect.

From the outset we were determined to return the Budget to surplus without sacrificing the long term investments vital to securing our future prosperity.  That’s why our record spending on the Bruce has been maintained and no project has been delayed or cancelled.

Under Labor, Federal investment in this road stands at $2.8 billion over 7 years, with a further instalment of almost half a billion dollars to be provided in the coming financial year.  Compared to the record of the former Howard government we are spending more than twice as much in half the time.

Nonetheless, we appreciate that the State’s growing population and rapidly expanding resources sector is placing added pressure on this road, which is why it will always be a priority for Federal Labor and a major beneficiary of the extra infrastructure funding which will flow from our new mining tax.

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Bruce Highway—Maryborough to Prosperpine

Map of Bruce Highway—Maryborough to Prosperpine