New section of Qld highway opens

The rebuilt section of the Bruce Highway south of Gympie between Cooroy and Curra in Queensland opened this week after the completion of the project that commenced back in May 2009.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, said that the outcome was a tribute to the expertise and hard work of all those involved in a massive engineering project that included the relocation of more than five million tonnes of earth.

“This progress is even more remarkable when you consider the fact that since the start of construction the region has received 4.5 metres of rainfall and experienced three major floods,” Albanese said.

The surfacing the 12-kilometre section of the highway required 160,000 tonnes of asphalt and 6000 tonnes of concrete.

In addition to the $388 million in Federal funding, which came as part of the Economic Stimulus Plan initiated in response to the GFC, the Queensland Government contributed a further $125 million.

As well as realigning and duplicating the Bruce Highway, the project has also erected three bridges, built emergency stopping bays and installed the latest ‘smart’ road technology, including speed-activate variable message signs.

The new section of highway will be of particular benefit to road transport operators and will reduce travelling times in both directions.

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