AECOM Australia has been appointed to design the $174 million upgrade of the Cattle and Frances Creeks crossings for the Bruce Highway.
Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, said the government is commitment to the development of Australian road infrastructure.
“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,” Truss said.
A new higher level section of the highway will be built, as well as a higher 160 metre long bridge over Cattle Creek, with key sections raised by around half a metre.
“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,” he said.
Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports, Mark Bailey, said construction is 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,” Bailey said.
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