AECOM to design Cattle and Frances Creeks upgrade

Media Release

WT300/2015

24 September 2015

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Ian Macdonald

Senator for Queensland

AECOM Australia Pty Ltd has been appointed to carry out the detailed design of the $174 million upgrade to Cattle and Frances Creeks crossings on the Bruce Highway north of Townsville.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the upgrade demonstrated the Australian Government's commitment to fixing dangerous and difficult sections of the Bruce Highway.

“The Cattle and Frances Creeks upgrade project will play an important role in improving flood immunity and safety on the Bruce Highway. When complete, the upgrade will improve the region's freight connectivity, travel reliability and access to essential services.”

Senator for Queensland Ian Macdonald said the engineering consultancy AECOM Australia Pty Ltd will coordinate the design of an upgraded bridge and road infrastructure at Cattle and Frances Creeks.

“A new higher-level section of highway from Cattle Creek to Toobanna will be built, as well as a new, higher-level, 160m-long bridge over Cattle Creek. The existing highway will also be upgraded, with key sections raised by around half-a-metre,” Senator Macdonald said.

“A series of rural intersections along the route will also be upgraded, to provide or improve existing acceleration and deceleration lanes.

“The project is great news for local residents and heavy vehicle operators, who will have a safer highway and better access to major centres during times of flooding. It will also help underpin North Queensland's growing economy.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said detailed design work will be finalised in late 2016, with construction expected to commence in mid-2017.

“The State Government is committed to improving Queensland's road safety network. This upgrade will provide motorists with a safer and more reliable road and it will also give local residents better access to employment centres and important health services,” Mr Bailey said.

The Cattle and Frances Creeks upgrade project is jointly funded with the Australian Government contributing $139.2 million and the Queensland Government $34.8 million.