Contract awarded for Yellow Gin Creek flood-risk upgrade
04 August 2015
Joint release with:
Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports
Federal Member for Dawson
A more flood resistant Bruce Highway is progressing with construction set to commence on the Yellow Gin Creek Upgrade project south of Ayr, following the announcement today that Seymour Whyte Constructions had been awarded the contract for the $45 million upgrade.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said that the Australian Government is providing $36 million towards construction, with the Queensland Government providing the remaining $9 million.
“Improving the flood immunity of the creek crossing will make the Bruce Highway safer and more dependable for industry, tourists and locals,” Mr Truss said.
“More than 3,000 vehicles every day—almost a quarter of which are heavy vehicles carrying regional and interstate freight—will benefit from this project.
“The Yellow Gin Creek Upgrade is part of the Australian and Queensland governments' $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 project would 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.
“Seymour Whyte will set up on-site soon and we expect works to start by late September,” Mr Bailey said.
“A side track will be built alongside the existing highway to ensure traffic disruptions are minimised during the works.”
Member for Dawson George Christensen said the works will improve a 1.6km stretch of the highway, making it safer and more reliable.
“Around 100 direct jobs will be supported over the life of the project, providing valuable employment opportunities for locals,” Mr Christensen said.
Construction of the bridge upgrade is expected to commence in September and to be completed in late 2016, weather permitting.