Federal Budget allocates $112M for second Centenary Bridge, QLD

Funding to build the second Centenary Bridge at Jindalee in Queensland has been locked in.

Outlined in the Federal Budget, the Federal Government will commit $112 million to construction, supported by another $112 million for construction and $20 million for planning from the Queensland Government.

Works will include the construction of a new three lane, northbound bridge to the west of the existing bridge. The existing bridge will then be reconfigured to provide three southbound lanes. Crews will also construct enhancements to the active transport network on the new and existing bridges.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her government was backing Queenslanders and jobs with a record investment in road, rail, public transport and port projects.

“COVID-19 has brought construction sites to a halt across the world, but work hasn’t stopped in Queensland because of our strong response to managing the health crisis,” Palaszczuk said.

She said since November 2019 the Queensland Government has announced more than $4.8 billion in new and accelerated funding for road and transport projects.

“Our infrastructure guarantee is backing Queensland jobs and driving demand for tradies across the state at a time when they’re needed most.”

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said work would start on the new bridge in 2021.

“The Palaszczuk Government kickstarted this project with $20 million to do the business case and detailed design,” Bailey said.

“That work is done, so, once the Federal funding flows, we’ll be ready to go out to market and get crews on site as quickly as possible to start building.

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