Construction will begin shortly on the major works to reconstruct the Eton Range section of the Peak Downs Highway in Queensland following the announcement of the successful tenderer earlier this month.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss announced in a statement that Fulton Hogan has been chosen as the successful tenderer for the project.
“The works will provide an upgraded crossing of Eton Range that will improve the safety and operational efficiency of the Peak Downs Highway between Nebo and Mackay,” said Mr. Truss.
“Over 4,000 vehicles, including around 800 heavy vehicles, travel through the Eton Range each day.”
Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey also said in the statement that the realignment would result in quicker and safer trips for freight vehicles and motorists using the route.
“The separation of the carriageways and additional lanes will reduce delays for motorists,” said Mr. Bailey.
“The addition of extra lanes will also avoid the need to close the range for wide loads and improve safety for all drivers with a reduced likelihood of accidents on the Eton Range.”
The $166.17 million Peak Downs Highway Safety Works project is being fully funded by the Australian Government with the Queensland Government committed to meeting any project costs in excess of that amount.
It is expected to be completed by late 2018.