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Bruce Highway project one step closer to completion

New step towards completion for Bruce Highway project

A section of the $535 million Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor (Stage Three) – Edmonton to Gordonvale project in Queensland has been commissioned, marking a significant milestone for the project.

The project is one of Far North Queensland’s most complex road and rail infrastructure projects. Construction of the 10.5-kilometre section of newly duplicated and upgraded Bruce Highway between Edmonton to Gordonvale – the busiest two-lane section of Bruce Highway between Cairns and Brisbane – began in May 2020.

The Menmuny Overpass will soon open to motorists, providing access to the north, south, east and west of the highway.

In addition to upgrading and duplicating the highway, the project will also deliver a new intersection and two upgraded intersections, more than eight kilometres of upgraded local roads (8.9 kilometres) and new road and rail bridges at Wrights Creek and Stoney Creek.

Works will also deliver the Cycleway bridge at Collinson Creek and 10.4 kilometres of cycleway, twenty-seven kilometres of drainage, three new pedestrian crossing facilities, including a pedestrian overpass, as well as a rail track upgrade and realignment of 4.5 kilometres of the Queensland Rail North Coast Line


 

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Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the project would help to future proof this section of the Cairns Southern Access Corridor.

“This project – Far North Queensland’s biggest and most complex – will deliver significant improvements to safety and connectivity, has reduced congestion and highway travel time on the Bruce Highway, as well as improved active transport networks,” he said.

Joint Venture Contractor Project Manager Natasha Roy, Project Manager E2G (Operations Manager John Holland) said the local community has been supportive of the works and consequential delays.

“The joint venture contractors, John Holland, Seymour Whyte and AECOM are proud to have delivered Far North Queensland’s largest infrastructure project. The collaboration between our teams and the local subcontractors have made this fantastic achievement possible,” Roy said.

The $535 million Edmonton to Gordonvale project is funded by the Australian and Queensland governments under the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program, with the Australian Government committing $428.01 million and the Queensland Government $106.99 million.

The project will fully open by the end of this month, with minor works to continue through to September 2023.

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