Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Traffic flows on Yeppen Floodplain Upgrade

Media Release

WT340/2015

22 October 2015

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Michelle Landry

Federal Member for Capricornia

Another Bruce Highway milestone has been marked this week with the $170 million Yeppen Floodplain Upgrade now open to traffic.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the highly anticipated project is a significant boost to motorists and the community.

“By duplicating this section of the Bruce Highway we have doubled the capacity of the road south of Rockhampton, reducing travel times for freight operators and other drivers,” Mr Truss said. “The upgrade includes a high-level floodplain crossing on the southern approach to the city, ensuring all traffic continues to move efficiently even during wet weather.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the project has been designed and constructed to remain open to traffic even during a 1-in-100-year flood event.

“The two new bridges are supported by more than 1,200 reinforced concrete piles which are set as deep as 26 metres into the Yeppen floodplain,” Mr Bailey said. “More than 200 jobs have been supported throughout the project with flow on benefits for the local economy and motorists will also benefit from improved road safety as result of the upgrade.”

The project is expected to be commissioned in early December 2015 and has been a jointly funded with the Australian Government contributing $136 million and the Queensland Government $34 million.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said motorists are seeing immediate improvements in traffic flow and safety on a daily basis.

“The slip lane bridge travelling south of Rockhampton, which is open for the first time, will keep traffic flowing and reduces the potential for accidents at the busy roundabout,” Ms Landry said. “Central Queensland has experienced its fair share of flooding and natural disasters over the years and the high-level immunity of the new bridges will maintain access and amenity for the community.”

Further information on the project is available by visiting the Transport and Main Roads website at www.tmr.qld.gov.au.