Works on the Deception Bay Road interchange will start in the coming weeks as the contract was awarded to BMD Constructions. Early works to relocate water, power and telecommunications infrastructure have already been completed.
The upgrade is set to create around 270 jobs during construction. This week the first artists impressions of the interchange upgrade have been released.
Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth said the Bruce Highway was a major freight transport corridor and increasing the road capacity would deliver industries greater efficiency transporting goods and produce to and from markets.
“The new overpass is welcomed by Deception Bay residents as it will reduce travel time for small and family businesses and help people crossing the highway from Narangba, Burpengary East and Deception Bay,” Howarth said.
“Anyone who knows the existing bridge, that is decades old, knows that it is in urgent need of an upgrade and as the Federal Member who fought to get this funding, I am very happy that it is now becoming a reality.”
State Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting said the upgrade would include two new parallel bridges over the highway, plus upgrades to intersections east and west of the interchange.
“Motorists who travel along this stretch of the Bruce Highway know just how heavy traffic can be during rush hour. Right now, drivers are getting stuck during those peak hours along the two-lane bridge,” Whiting said.
“Getting the interchange upgraded is needed first so we can then turn our attention to duplicating the remaining section of Deception Bay Road.”
The $163.3 million project is jointly funded by the Federal and Queensland governments through an 80:20 funding arrangement and is expected to be completed in early 2023.
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