The project is expected to deliver ongoing support for local businesses and jobs.
Queensland-based construction company SGQ will relocate water, power and telecommunications infrastructure to make way for major works, which will support more than 660 jobs, to begin later this year.
Vegetation clearing and public utility services will also be underway along the highway.
Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack said the jointly funded Bruce Highway Upgrade from Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163) would widen the highway from four to six lanes. It will also include the construction of 10 new, three-lane bridges at five creek crossings.
“Growth in the Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast regions illustrates the need for infrastructure projects to help manage our growing population,” Mr. McCormack said.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said at this time, it has never been more important to keep Queenslanders in work.
“Our investment in transport and roads is supporting industry to sustain over 21,500 jobs across Queensland. We will do everything we can to make sure these jobs are maintained,” Mr. Bailey said.
“Nothing is off the table in our response to this crisis, that is why we are about supporting business and jobs, stimulating our economy and making sure that when our community begins to recover that our infrastructure is ready.”
The $662.5 million Bruce Highway Upgrade from Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163) is jointly-funded with the Federal Government committing $530 million and Queensland Government committing $132.5 million.
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