Work starts on $331m Bruce Highway upgrade project in Australia


The state government of Queensland in Australia has announced the start of A$481m ($331.07m) work on the Bruce Highway upgrade project between Edmonton and Gordonvale.

Expected to create 466 jobs, the Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 3 project aims to increase the capacity of a two-lane road between Edmonton and Gordonvale.

Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said: “The southern suburbs of Cairns are growing fast and that is why the Australian Government has committed more than A$840m towards upgrading the Cairns Southern Access Corridor from Gordonvale to Cairns CBD.

“Not only will this project duplicate the highway, it will also deliver new service roads and partially close several intersections and direct accesses to the existing highway.

“This will improve traffic flow, increase the speed limit to 100kilometres per hour and create a safer and more efficient Bruce Highway for the future.”

The project involves the removal of at-grade level crossings, construction of new overpass south of Maitland Road and new alignment for the highway.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said: “It’s part of a $1.45 billion roads and transport program for the Far North, that includes the jointly funded $104 million Cairns Southern Access Stage 4 – Kate Street to Aumuller Street project and the $164 million Smithfield Bypass.

“Thanks to Queensland’s strong response to the pandemic, the Queensland Government has been able to continue delivering our record $23 billion pipeline of road and transport projects – crucial to stimulating our economic recovery.”

John Holland Seymour Whyte AECOM Group (HSA Group) is serving as the design and construct contractor for the Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 3, which is planned for completion in the middle of 2023.

A major north-south freight and commuter corridor in Queensland, the Bruce Highway connects coastal centres from Brisbane to Cairns over a length of 1,677km.

The Bruce Highway passing through Mirriwinni. (Credit: Kerry Raymond/Wikipedia)

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