Piling works underway at Yellow Gin Creek, south of Ayr

Media Release

WT409/2015

07 December 2015

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

Work began today on installing concrete pilings that will support a new high-level bridge over Yellow Gin Creek on the Bruce Highway, south of Ayr.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said that once completed, the new bridge will greatly improve the highway's flood immunity.

“This bridge, which is expected to be completed in late 2016, will make the Bruce Highway safer and more dependable for industry, tourists and locals,” Mr Truss said.

“Yellow Gin Creek is one of the key flood crossings the Australian Government is upgrading on the Bruce Highway to improve reliability, safety and connectivity between Cairns and Mackay”.

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen was onsite at the Yellow Gin Creek project site today to witness the first piles being installed.

“More than 3,000 vehicles per day—almost a quarter of which are heavy vehicles carrying regional and interstate freight—will benefit from this project,” Mr Christensen said.

“In more good news for local employment, an average of 100 jobs will be supported over the life of the project.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said the Yellow Gin Creek upgrade will improve flood immunity on a 1.6 kilometre section of the Bruce Highway.

“The existing low-level floodway crossing will be replaced with a new raised bridge, and the approaches to the bridge will also be upgraded,” Mr Bailey said.

“Construction on the new bridge has been in full swing since September 2015, with piling works now underway and traffic being diverted onto a side-track.”

The Australian Government is providing up to $36 million towards the $45 million project, with the Queensland Government providing the remaining $9 million.

For more information on the project visit: www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/B/Bruce-Highway-bridge-upgrade-Yellow-Gin-Creek.aspx.