Australia’s Bruce Highway Upgrade has made an announcement, revealing that it has marked a significant milestone. According to an official statement, major construction works have been complete on three lanes. Moreover, the completed lanes have been open to north as well as southbound traffic. Works included realignments, strengthening, and widening of the road. Additionally, the project also placed focus on several efficiency and safety measures, along poor crash sites.
A press release highlighted that the brand new bridges at Lagoon Creek and King Johns Creek are 1.5 meters higher than older, existing structures. This, in turn, will essentially contribute to elevated flood immunity.
Upgrade works for the project begin from Caboolture-Bribie Island Road down to Steve Irwin Way. Reports note that the $662.5 million upgrade is jointly funded, with the Federal Government committing $530 million. On the other hand, the Queensland Government will contribute $132.5 million.
Australia’s Bruce Highway Upgrade Completion
Australia’s Bruce Highway Upgrade project aims for completion by early 2024. As a result of the 11-kilometer section of the project, an average of 664 direct employment opportunities will be created. Upon completion, the road’s speed limit will observe a permanent increase to 110 kilometers per hour.
As a whole, the 1,700 kilometer, Bruce Highway serves as Queensland’s major north-south road corridor. Moreover, it connects coastal population centers, providing critical linkages for freight movement. Additionally, it actively supports about 58% of the area’s population.
The Federal Minister for Infrastructure, while speaking about the project said that the state strives to make a real change to overall road safety. In addition to the flood resilience alongside the capacity of vital infrastructure. Furthermore, Catherine King noted that the project, is part of a multi-billion upgrade program, extending 15 years. In a nutshell, the strategic initiative aims to transform travel, more especially between Cairns and Brisbane.