Tenders are being called for flood immunity upgrades to targeted sections of the Torbanlea-Pialba Road in Queensland’s Fraser Coast Region, between Torbanlea and Hervey Bay.
The $30 million project is funded through $24 million contribution from the Australian Government under the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative, with the Queensland Government allocating $6 million.
Tender are being sought to upgrade three floodways along Torbanlea-Pialba Road, between Churchill Mine Road and Toogoom Road, including a new, four-span, concrete bridge across Beelbi Creek.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said intersection upgrades would also be undertaken to provide a safer, more resilient link for Hervey Bay and surrounding communities.
“Queensland’s wild weather can cause flooding, which can have an impact on how locals travel,” Minister Bailey said.
“This project is one the community has called for and I’m proud to be delivering through our record $27.5 billion road and transport plan.”
Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories Nola Marino said a number of roads are being upgraded in the Hervey Bay area as part of the Hinkler Regional Deal.
“These upgrades will provide safety and productivity benefits to the region.” Ms Marino said.
“The Deal is supporting local industry and the community, setting a clear path to economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said living in Queensland meant unpredictable weather at times and this upgrade would improve the flood resilience of Torbanlea-Pialba Road.
“This road is the main thoroughfare for residents in Torbanlea and Howard to get them to Hervey Bay and the realignment of sections of this road will provide a flood-free link during one-in-100-year floods,” Mr Pitt said.
“Not only is it used by local residents, it’s frequented by tourists and an important freight route for many businesses in the Wide Bay Burnett region.”
Construction is expected to commence in early 2022, with completion expected in early 2023.