Oct 22, 2010

Call for tenders for major highway upgrade

Call for tenders for major highway upgrade

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 22 2010

The final step in a major upgrade to Mackay’s southern approaches is a step closer, after tenders for the Stage 3 of the project on the Bruce Highway were advertised today.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, said Stage 3 involved duplication of the Bruce Highway south of Mackay from Temples Lane to Farrellys Road.

“This is the final stage in a $50 million upgrade to the southern approach to Mackay, and forms part of the Federal Government’s $2.6 billion investment in the Bruce Highway through the Nation Building Program.”

“As well as increasing capacity with two extra traffic lanes, the project also includes the installation of traffic signals at Temples Lane intersection and construction of a roundabout at the Stockroute Road intersection.

“The end result will be a safer, smoother and less congested ride for motorists along this route,” Mr Albanese said.

Queensland Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said his department was delivering the project on behalf of the Federal Government.

“We have already completed duplication works on the highway between Farrellys Road and Boundary Road, and the upgrade of the busy City Gates intersection has just got underway,” Mr Wallace said.

“These works are the final piece of the jigsaw, and will result in four lanes of traffic all the way from Bakers Creek to City Gates.”

“The final stage of the project will also sustain employment for approximately 260 people, which is a real boost to the local economy in Mackay,” he said.

Construction is expected to commence in early 2011, subject to weather conditions.

Tender documentation is available from www.tmr.qld.gov.au, or by calling the Transport and Main Roads office in Mackay on 4951 8555.