Funding approved for Yellow Gin Creek Bridge upgrade

Media Release

WT113/2015

22 April 2015

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

Motorists will benefit from a major upgrade of the Bruce Highway at Yellow Gin Creek south of Ayr, following the approval today of $33 million in Australian Government funding to construct a new bridge and approaches.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project will increase safety and connectivity for freight vehicles, tourists and local motorists by improving safety and flood immunity at the creek crossing.

“This investment is another example of the Australian Government delivering on its commitment to improve productivity on our national highway network,” Mr Truss said.

“This section of the Bruce Highway provides an important link for inter-state and inter-regional freight movements, with heavy vehicles making up around one quarter of daily road users.”

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said that average traffic statistics showed more than 3,000 vehicles travel across the Yellow Gin Creek Bridge each day.

“Crash data for this section of the highway shows there was one fatality and six injury crashes over ten years—two of those involved hospitalisations, and four crashes required medical treatment at the scene,” Mr Christensen said.

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said the project will involve replacing the existing low-level floodway crossing over Yellow Gin Creek with a new raised bridge, plus upgrades to the highway on the approaches to the bridge.

Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O'Rourke said the works will create a safer and more reliable route along the 1.6 kilometre stretch of the Bruce Highway over Yellow Gin Creek.

“As an added bonus, these works will provide a number of jobs for local workers at a time when jobs and job security are more important than ever,” Mrs O'Rourke said.

Construction on the bridge upgrade will start mid-2015 and is expected to be completed in late 2016. The Queensland Government is contributing $9 million towards the Yellow Gin Creek Bridge upgrade.