Contract awarded for Bruce Highway roundabout
20 August 2015
Joint release with:
Member for Capricornia
Vassallo Constructions has been awarded the contract to build a new dual-lane roundabout at the intersection of the Bruce Highway and Hay Point Road in a project that will support about 35 jobs.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss made the announcement today and expects work to start next week.
“Safety on the Bruce Highway is a national priority and this project is part of an unprecedented programme of works to fix dangerous stretches and notorious black spots,” Mr Truss said.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the new 80metre-wide roundabout will improve safety for motorists.
“More than 12,000 vehicles drive through this busy intersection each day, including freight traffic heading to the Hay Point and Dalrymple Bay coal terminals—important contributors to the Queensland economy,” Mrs Landry said.
“The needs of the road freight industry were carefully considered during the project's design phase, with a particular focus on ensuring heavy vehicles can access the two coal terminals without causing major disruptions to normal traffic flows.
“When complete, the new dual-lane roundabout will make this intersection much safer and ensure motorists don't need to conduct dangerous manoeuvrers to pass slow moving freight vehicles.
“In what will be a welcome boost to the local economy, approximately 35 jobs will also be supported during the construction phase.”
The dual-lane roundabout will replace the temporary traffic signals currently in place at the intersection. Works are expected to be completed and open to traffic by mid-2016.
The Australian Government is fully funding this $15 million project.
For more information, visit the project page at www.tmr.qld.gov.au or call the Mackay office on 4951 8555.