Coalition Team Delivering on Yeppen

Media Release

WT089/2014

11 June 2014

Joint release with:

Scott Emerson

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads

Ken O'Dowd

Member for Flynn

Michelle Landry

Member for Capricornia

The first series of pylons are being driven in at Yeppen South as the Australian and Queensland governments' progress major works to fix the notorious floodplain on the outskirts of Rockhampton.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the upgrade will increase the safety and reliability of the busy Bruce Highway.

“We're investing in this project to help flood-proof the Yeppen Plain and ensure that major flooding has little chance of cutting off the highway, its residents and travellers in the area,” Mr Truss said.

“More than 1,200 concrete pilings are to be installed for the new bridge, which will raise the crossing by 3.5 metres.

“The Bruce Highway south of Rockhampton has been cut off for up to two weeks in the past, and with these works we are making sure that can't happen again.”

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson said the Bruce Highway is a major transit route for freight traffic, Queenslanders accessing services up and down the coast and tourists.

“As part of our strong plan for a bright future, upgrades like we have here across the Yeppen Floodplain will ensure road users arrive at their destinations quickly and efficiently,” Mr Emerson said.

“We are separating north and south bound traffic, which will increase safety, and the duplicated highway will mean less time spent on the road.”

The new elevated north-bound crossing will start at the Burnett Highway intersection and continue through to the roundabout at the intersection of the Bruce and Capricorn highways.

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said he welcomed progress in the upgrade and was looking forward to its completion.

“This is a major investment in the local community and I'm pleased the Australian and Queensland Governments are working together to deliver the project,” Mr O'Dowd said.

“This is a critical infrastructure upgrade for the Bruce Highway.”

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said it was heartening to see the project progressing.

“These are crucial road works for the Central Queensland region, and once complete, will play an important role in keeping the local economy growing,” Ms Landry said.

The Australian Government has committed up to $236 million to the project and the Queensland Government $60 million.