Tenders open for $12M Bruce Highway safety upgrade

Tenders have been called on a 4.7 kilometre stretch of the Bruce Highway at Chatsworth, north of Gympie, QLD.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the $12 million safety works will provide safer travel conditions and enhance traffic flow, creating a free-flowing corridor along the Bruce Highway from Gympie to Curra.The Tasmanian Government’s 2018-19 budget has committed $1.1 billion for road and rail upgrades for the state, including $24.1M for road projects in the north west and west coast regions.

“Dedicated turn lanes, wide centreline treatments, pavement widening, and guard rails will reduce the chance of rear-end crashes and minimise the severity of any run-off-road crashes along this section,” he said.

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the project was a win for motorists, boosting safety and reducing vehicle operating costs.

“The upgrade of the road surface and several intersections will streamline highway traffic, improving efficiency and safety,” Mr Bailey said.

“The project team will work with the successful contractor to ensure any impacts on the travelling public are kept to a minimum during construction.

“The Bruce Highway is Queensland’s major north to south road corridor for tourist, transport and freight industries, and the call for tenders this week is great progress towards our commitment to make Bruce Highway safer for all road users.”

Safety improvements will occur at the Fleming Road intersection, McCullough/Benson roads intersection, Robert Road intersection, Vantage Road intersection, Service road intersections, Reynolds/Rammutt Road intersection, Fishermans Pocket Road intersection, and Fraser Road and Fritz Road intersections.

Work is expected to begin in late 2018 and be completed by early 2019, weather permitting.

The $12 million project forms part of the $1.04 billion Bruce Highway Safety Package.

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