Aug 30, 2013

Duplication of Bruce Highway South of Townsville one step closer

The duplication of a seven kilometre section of the Bruce Highway south of Townsville is one step closer today with the contract officially awarded to Lend Lease Engineering Pty Ltd.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese congratulated Lend Lease who will begin construction on the $137.5 million highway upgrade next month.

“This announcement is another example of the Rudd Labor Government’s commitment to the Bruce Highway,” Mr Albanese said.

“Federal Labor is investing $110 million in the upgrade of this busy section of the Bruce Highway between Vantassel Street and Stuart Drive in Cluden.  This is part of our $5.7 billion commitment to improving the Bruce Highway – more than four times what our predecessors spent over a similar period of time.

“This project will increase capacity, deliver greater freight efficiency and help flood proof the highway at the southern approach to Townsville,” said Mr Albanese.

The Labor candidate for Dawson Bronwyn Taha welcomed the announcement.

“I congratulate Lend Lease on their successful tender submission and look forward to seeing construction start on this significant project,” Ms Taha said.

“The key features of this project include a new road overpass of the rail line at Cluden and new signalised intersections at Hunter Street, Lakeside Drive and Stuart Drive.

“It will reduce travel times and provide better local access for residents in the growing communities of Cluden, Stuart, Julago and Alligator Creek.”

The Labor candidate for Herbert Cathy O’Toole said the project would be a boost to the region.

“Townsville is a growing region and this project will help support local jobs and open up the region for greater economic growth and development,” Ms O’Toole said.

“It is another example of Labor delivering vital infrastructure in our region.”

This project is jointly funded, with the Federal Government contributing $110 million and the Queensland Government contributing $27.5 million. The project is expected to be completed by mid-2015, weather permitting.

Funding for this project is already included in the Budget.