Bruce Hwy upgrade south of Gympie ahead of schedule
Today marks another milestone in the Bruce Hwy bypass of Gympie with completion of early works ahead of schedule on the Cooroy to Curra Section C upgrade project between Traveston interchange and the proposed Woondum interchange.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the early works, which involved widening safety improvements on the $384 million Bruce Highway - Cooroy to Curra- Section C upgrade would deliver important safety benefits to all motorists.
"The completed early works will significantly improve the safety along a notorious black spot section of the highway," Mr Chester said.
"Under these works, the Bruce Highway has been widened between Woondum and Six Mile Creek and a raised median has been installed to separate opposing directions of traffic."
Queensland Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the new highway would be safer, and better able to meet road and freight and transport needs in the region with improved flood immunity.
"It will also bring much-needed jobs to the area, with initial estimates suggesting an average of 684 direct jobs will be supported over the life of the project," Mr Bailey said.
"A new interchange at Woondum will be constructed south of the original location to provide flexibility for future expansion. The new ramp connections will allow for all freight access and have been designed to enable an upgrade to a full interchange, should such works be needed and funded in future.
"Major works on Section C are expected to be completed by mid-2018, weather permitting."
Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss said the early works involved dedicated left and right-turn lanes which have been constructed at the Keefton Road and Six Mile Creek Rest Area intersections, along with a new access to the Gold Nugget Service Station and Caravan Park.
"The completed early works will greatly reduce the risk of incidents, particularly accidents that result in severe injuries or fatalities," Mr Truss said.
The $384.24 million Bruce Highway - Cooroy to Curra - Section C project is a jointly funded project with the Australian Government providing $307.4 million and the Queensland Government $76.84 million.
For more information on the Bruce Highway - Cooroy to Curra upgrade visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au/cooroytocurra