The Australian Government has announced up to a further $183 million towards the construction of a four-lane bypass of Tiaro on the Bruce Highway, which takes its total commitment to $268.8 million.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s new commitment would support the increasing capacity of current and future traffic demands.
“The proposed bypass will remove a large portion of heavy vehicles from the Tiaro township, improving safety and liveability for residents whilst future-proofing the highway for the years ahead,”
the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“Field investigations have been underway within the bypass corridor study area since March 2020, helping identify the best alignment for this new highway.
“We are continuing to invest in critical projects such as this under our record $110 billion infrastructure investment pipeline, which is a key pillar of Australia’s world-leading economic recovery.”
The announcement follows a petition lodged by Queensland residents to Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland, wherein they had called for a rejection of the two-lane Tiaro bypass proposal in favour of a four-lane highway.
Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien said the Liberal and Nationals Government’s funding commitment for a four-lane bypass was a major win for road safety, a significant economic boost for the Fraser Coast, and a victory for common sense.
“The bypass will dramatically improve road safety with a four-lane divided road that will prevent head on collisions. It will give traffic space to move around in the event of a breakdown, and improve flood immunity to keep traffic moving when the Mary River floods.
“Industry and manufacturing rely on a safe and efficient transport network and a four lane Tiaro bypass will increase the carrying capacity of this section that will create new jobs and opportunities in Tiaro and Maryborough to grow the Fraser Coast economy.
“The bypass will also improve Tiaro’s amenity by removing trucks from the town that just pass through, increasing safety and liveability in the community.
“With construction of the Gympie bypass well underway the next logical step is to extend the four lanes from Curra to Maryborough and it makes sense that starts with the Tiaro bypass which runs through a greenfield corridor.
The project’s Business Case is expected to be completed by late 2021 and will inform the delivery schedule.