Apr 16, 2010

Tenders called for intersection upgrade in Mackay

Tenders called for intersection upgrade in Mackay

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 16 2010

Construction companies interested in delivering the next stage in the upgrade of the Bruce Highway just south of Mackay have until 18 May to submit their best bids under the tender process being managed by the Queensland Government.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said this is the second stage of the federally funded $50 million upgrade of the Bruce Highway’s southern approach to Mackay.

“The City Gates is a crucial intersection, connecting the Bruce with the Peak Downs Highway, and as such has become increasing congested in recent years,” Mr Albanese said.

“To fix this situation we will widen the traffic lanes at this intersection as well as install traffic lights at the intersection between the Bruce and Boundary Road.

“This project is exactly what our Nation Building Program is all about. It will put Queenslanders to work modernising the road infrastructure vital to our nation’s long term economic prosperity.”

The upgrade of Mackay’s southern approach will create employment for almost 100 Queenslanders over the life of the project.

Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said the project is part of the three stage upgrade of the Bruce Highway between Bakers Creek and the City Gates.

“The upgrade of traffic lanes at the City Gates intersection will improve safety and reduce congestion for the motorists and truck drivers heading to or coming from Walkerston, the Pioneer Valley and the Bowen Basin as well as the growing areas of Ooralea and the Paget industrial precinct,” said Mr Wallace.

“The Boundary Road intersection upgrade, which includes the installation of traffic signals, will join onto the duplication of the Bruce Highway from Farrellys Road to Boundary Road, which was completed in January.

“This road project will support the region’s growing economy and industrial base.”