Sep 7, 2011

New Traveston Interchange now under construction

Another major milestone has been reached on the Cooroy and Curra upgrade with work now underway on the Traveston Interchange as part of the Gillard Labor Government’s $2.8 billion upgrade of the Bruce Highway.

After years of talk and inaction by our predecessors, the delivery of this long awaited upgrade has now entered the home straight and will be completed next year.

The project is on track to be completed on time and under budget, with the savings being put to good use upgrading flood-prone sections of the Bruce Highway around Gin Gin, Ayr and Townsville.

The project is creating 650 jobs which is good for Queensland’s economy and provides flow on benefits to the local community.

The Cooroy to Curra section carries 16,000 vehicles per day and with trucks being 20 percent of that traffic, the upgrade will make it a much safer place for all road users.

The Government recognises the road’s importance to communities living along the Queensland coast and compared to the record of the former Howard Government, we’re investing twice as much in half the time.

In addition to the new interchange at Traveston Road, work is also now underway on the realignment of Traveston Road and the construction of the new Mary Valley Connection Road.

This will provide safe access for local and interstate traffic to and from the upgraded Highway via the Traveston Interchange.

The realignment and widening of the Bruce Highway between Sankeys and Traveston roads is being jointly funded by the Gillard and Bligh Labor Governments, with construction starting in September 2009 and a scheduled completion in 2012.