Tenders Called for Bruce Highway Safety Works North of Gympie
Tenders have recently been called to deliver major safety upgrades along a 4.7-kilometre stretch of the Bruce Highway at Chatsworth, north of Gympie. The $12 million safety works will provide safer travel conditions and enhance traffic flow, which will create a free-flowing corridor along the Bruce Highway from Gympie to Curra.
The Federal Government outlined its road infrastructure investment strategy with the aim of improving safety, increasing productivity and economic growth. In addition, the Federal Government have committed $10 billion to the construction of dedicated turn lanes, wide centreline treatments, pavement widening and guard rails on the Bruce Highway to reduce the chance of rear-end crashes and minimise the severity of any run-off-road crashes along this section.
These road surfaces and intersection infrastructure upgrades aim to streamline highway traffic, improve efficiency and driver safety. The Government noted that the project team will work in consultation with the successful contractor to ensure any impacts on the travelling public are kept to a minimum during construction.
The Bruce Highway is Queensland’s major north to south road corridor for tourist, transport and freight industries. The new asphalt would also improve the longevity of road and minimise future vehicle maintenance costs, especially for freight operators.
Safety improvements will occur at the following intersections of the Bruce Highway:
- Fleming Road intersection: Building a dedicated right-turn lane
- McCullough/Benson roads intersection: Building dedicated right and left-turn lanes
- Robert Road intersection: Building a dedicated right-turn lane
- Vantage Road intersection: Building a dedicated right-turn and left-turn lane, offset from the through-lane, to improve visibility for motorists entering the highway
- Service road intersections: Building dedicated right and left-turn lanes at the access near Irvine Road, closing the most northern access to the service road (near Reynolds Road) and restricting movements at the most southern access to left-out only
- Reynolds/Rammutt Road intersection: Building a dedicated right-turn lane on the highway to Reynolds Road
- Fishermans Pocket Road intersection: Building dedicated right and left-turn lanes
- Fraser Road and Fritz Road intersections: Completing minor modifications to meet current design standards, as part of the road widening works.
Work is expected to start late 2018 and be completed early 2019, weather permitting.
The $12 million project forms part of the $1.04 billion Bruce Highway Safety Package which is jointly funded between the Federal and Queensland Government’s contributing $831 million and $208 million, respectively.