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

Bruce Highway bridge replacement project fast-tracked

Media Release

WT039/2016

05 February 2016

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, and Road Safety

A start to work on replacing the old Arnot Creek bridge near Ingham on the Bruce Highway is being fast-tracked, with the call for tenders for the $10 million project released today.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the early call for tenders will enable construction to start in May 2016, weather permitting.

“The Australian Government will contribute up to $8 million to this project, providing an average of 31 jobs over its construction phase and helping to support the north Queensland economy,” Mr Truss said.

“The project is located around 12 kilometres north of Ingham and involves the replacement of an existing single-span deteriorated bridge with a new single-span concrete bridge at approximately the existing level.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the new bridge will provide long-term savings, particularly in terms of reduced maintenance costs.

“The works will improve connectivity for the more than 2,500 vehicles, including 633 heavy vehicles, which use this section of the Bruce Highway every day,” Mr Bailey said.

“The new higher and wider bridge will also improve the highway's overall ability to remain open to traffic during all but the most severe floods.

“It is anticipated the successful tenderer will be announced in April 2016, with construction to begin as soon as possible after that. The current 80km/h speed limit over Arnot Creek Bridge will be removed once works are completed.”

The project is jointly funded with the Australian Government contributing $8 million and the Queensland Government $2 million.