The $170 million Yeppen Floodplain project is being officially commissioned today as part of the Bruce Highway upgrades.
Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, said the project on Rockhampton's southern outskirts was a significant accomplishment.
“Today's commissioning of the Yeppen South project, particularly its 1.6 kilometre bridge across the floodplain—the longest on the Bruce Highway—is a milestone event for central Queensland,” Truss said.
“Cyclones and flooding are an acknowledged risk for Queensland and the state has shown its resilience in responding to more than its share of natural disasters in recent years.”
In 2012 the highway was cut off for nearly two weeks due to flooding, resulting in disruption and damages to the state economy.
Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, said the two new bridges are more than three metres higher than the existing floodplain crossing.
“The existing Bruce Highway has been completely rebuilt between the Yeppen roundabout and Scrubby Creek and the Egan Street intersections at Egan's Hill have undergone major safety upgrades,” Landry said.
“The major Bruce Highway and Burnett Highway intersection has also seen significant flood immunity improvements and increased intersection capacity, with the addition of a slip-lane for motorists travelling into Rockhampton.”
The Yeppen South project is expected to have provided 200 direct jobs.
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