Tenders called for major Bruce Highway interchange upgrade south of Maryborough

Media Release

DC021/2016

18 March 2016

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Warren Truss

Member for Wid Bay

Bruce Saunders

State Member for Maryborough

Tenders will be called this week for the $38 million Bruce Highway—Tinana Interchange upgrade project just south of Maryborough.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the release of the tender was a major milestone for the long-awaited project.

“This is an important project for the Fraser Coast that will deliver improved safety and operational efficiency and support future growth,” Mr Chester said.

“The interchange has a poor safety record and while interim measures such as a reduced speed limit and signage upgrades have resulted in a reduction in crashes, this project will provide a long-term solution.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the project was on track to start in mid-2016 and be completed in mid-2017.

“The upgrade is expected to reduce the number and severity of crashes, reduce maintenance costs and vehicle operating costs, and enable the speed limit to be increased which will improve travel times,” Mr Bailey said.

“118 jobs will be created over the life of the project and once the contract has been awarded we will continue to engage with the community and commuters about how the works could affect them.”

Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss said the call for tenders meant highway users would soon experience the benefits of the upgrade.

“The local community has been calling for this major road safety project for many years and I'm pleased to see that a start to construction is now close,” Mr Truss said.

“The Tinana Interchange upgrade will see a new northbound off-ramp and overpass structure which will require motorists to exit to the left instead of the right.

“Both through lanes of Bruce Highway traffic will travel under the new overpass and be separated by a wide centre line treatment.”

Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said the project would improve safety, operational efficiency and support future growth in the Fraser Coast.

“I'm very pleased we are on our way to providing a permanent result to improve this interchange for the community,” Mr Saunders said.

The Australian Government is funding up to $30.4 million, and the Queensland Government $7.6 million, towards the $38 million project.

For further information visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au.