A new higher bridge is taking shape over the Haughton River as work progresses on a $514.3 million package of safety and flood immunity upgrades on the Bruce Highway between Ayr and Townsville.
Work on the Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade project began in April last year and is expected to run until mid-2021, supporting more than 540 jobs.
The latest timelapse video from the Department of Transport and Main Roads shows the driving of tubular steel piles as part of works to build a new wider and higher bridge over the flood-prone Haughton River.
“We’ll soon begin transporting the first of 35 Super T girders from Townsville to Giru which will form the deck of the new bridge,” a department spokesman said.
“In other areas, bridges are taking shape at Horseshoe Lagoon, Pink Lily Lagoon, Healey’s Lagoon and Ironbark Creek.
“Highway overpasses at Upper Haughton/Hodel Rd and Shirbourne Rd are also progressing well, with pile driving well progressed and deck units beginning to be laid.
“We also recently laid the first section of road, with more than 13km of the highway to be widened, in some areas on a new alignment.”
Motorists will soon be travelling on a side road in the northern section as work crews realign the highway at Reed Beds to improve flood resilience and safety.
The Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade Project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 basis as part of the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program.
The project is being delivered by The Infrastructure Group (TIG), a joint venture between Bielby, BMD Constructions, JF Hull and Albem.