Construction of the $515 million Bruce Highway – Haughton River Floodplain upgrade project has been brought forward nine months ahead of schedule, with tenders to be called this week.
A 14km section of the Bruce Highway about 50km south of Townsville and 30km north of Ayr will be upgraded, including replacement of the narrow Haughton River Bridge.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester said the project was included in the Australian Government’s $50 billion infrastructure investment program.
“Floodproofing works such as these help keep north Queensland’s economy functioning during the wet season, which means job security for residents and dollars into the cash registers of local businesses,” he said.
“The Australian Government is investing up to $412 million in this project – money well spent when it comes to building a safer and more efficient Bruce Highway for everyone.
“Tenders for the design and construction of the project will be called for in early May, allowing the upgrade to commence construction nine months earlier than planned.”
Queensland Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Minister Mark Bailey said the Queensland Government had contributed $103 million to the joint project, which would address one of the worst flooding spots on the Bruce Highway.
Construction is expected to commence mid-2018 and is scheduled for completion mid-2021, weather permitting.