Tenders open for Hay Point Road upgrade

Media Release

WT099/2015

07 April 2015

Joint release with:

Michelle Landry

Federal Member for Capricornia

Safety on the Bruce Highway is a national priority and the Australian Government's unprecedented works program to ‘Fix the Bruce’ continues to roll out with tenders now open for the $15 million upgrade of the Hay Point Road intersection.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government's record $6.7 billion to unclog Queensland's vital economic artery takes another step forward through this key transport link.

“The Australian Government is committed to fixing the Bruce Highway and delivering jobs, and today's announcement calling for tenders on this important project delivers on both,” Mr Truss said.

“Over 12,000 vehicles every day drive through this busy intersection, including freight traffic heading to the Hay Point Coal Terminal and Dalrymple Bay, important contributors to the Queensland economy.

“This project will create more than 35 local jobs during construction and, once complete, it will have deliver efficiency improvements for freight operators and, best of all, a much safer Bruce Highway.”

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the delivery of a dual lane roundabout at the intersection would ensure motorists don't need to conduct dangerous manoeuvres to get by slow moving freight vehicles.

“By 2016 this intersection will have reached capacity, and with its current high-volume of traffic, it has already experienced a number of accidents, impacting on families, businesses and motorists,” Ms Landry said.

“I would encourage all businesses to put in a tender for this project, and with construction to commence later this year, I am looking forward to the road safety and efficiency improvements the upgrade will bring.”

The Australian Government is fully funding this project with construction expected to be completed in late 2016.