Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Work progressing on new Bruce Highway bridge south of Ayr

Media Release

DC007/2016

04 March 2016

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

George Christensen

Member for Dawson

Construction of a bridge over Yellow Gin Creek on the Bruce Highway south of Ayr reached a milestone this week with work starting on placing 90 deck units on the spans of the new structure.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said that once completed, the new bridge would greatly improve the highway's ability to remain open during flooding events.

“This bridge, which is expected to be completed in late 2016, will make the Bruce Highway safer and more dependable for industry, tourists and locals,” Mr Chester said.

“Yellow Gin Creek is one of the key flood crossings the Australian Government is upgrading on the Bruce Highway to improve reliability, safety and connectivity between Cairns and Mackay.

“The Yellow Gin Creek Upgrade is part of the Australian and Queensland government's $8.5 billion commitment over the next decade to fix the Bruce Highway.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the Yellow Gin Creek upgrade would make the 1.6 kilometre section of the Bruce Highway safer and more reliable.

“Improving the flood immunity of the creek crossing will make the Bruce Highway more dependable for industry, tourists and locals. Importantly, the works will increase Queensland's freight efficiency and productivity.”

“We're also upgrading approaches to the bridge and providing a new, safer intersection at Beachmount Road,” Mr Bailey said.

“Motorists will soon be able to use a safer entry into Wunjunga, with works on the new Beachmont Road intersection near completion.”

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said major progress had been made since work on the project began in September 2015.

“It will take about four weeks to place the units on the 120m-long bridge, and motorists will soon see the new bridge beginning to look like the finished product,” Mr Christensen said.

“When the project is complete, more than 3000 vehicles a day—almost a quarter of which are heavy vehicles carrying regional and interstate freight—will benefit from this project.

“In what amounts to an additional bonus for the regional community, an average of 100 jobs will also be supported over the life of the project.”

The project is scheduled to be completed in late 2016.