Major Bruce Highway design upgrade awarded

Posted September 24, 2015

Bruce Highway flooded

(The Bruce Highway north of Townsville in flood)

 

AECOM has been appointed to carry out the detailed design of the $174 million upgrade to Cattle and Frances Creeks crossings on the Bruce Highway north of Townsville.

The Cattle and Frances Creeks upgrade project will play an important role in improving flood immunity and safety on the Bruce Highway, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss.

“When complete, the upgrade will improve the region’s freight connectivity, travel reliability and access to essential services,” Mr Truss said.

The engineering consultancy AECOM Australia will coordinate the design of an upgraded bridge and road infrastructure at Cattle and Frances Creeks, said Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald.

“A new higher-level section of highway from Cattle Creek to Toobanna will be built, as well as a new, higher-level, 160m-long bridge over Cattle Creek. The existing highway will also be upgraded, with key sections raised by around half-a-metre,” Senator Macdonald said.

“A series of rural intersections along the route will also be upgraded, to provide or improve existing acceleration and deceleration lanes.

“The project is great news for local residents and heavy vehicle operators, who will have a safer highway and better access to major centres during times of flooding. It will also help underpin North Queensland’s growing economy.”

Detailed design work will be finalised in late 2016, with construction expected to commence in mid-2017, said Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey .

“The State Government is committed to improving Queensland’s road safety network,” Mr Bailey said.

“This upgrade will provide motorists with a safer and more reliable road and it will also give local residents better access to employment centres and important health services.”

The Cattle and Frances Creeks upgrade project is jointly funded with the Australian Government contributing $139.2 million and the Queensland Government $34.8 million.

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