The installation of concrete girders at the Tinana interchange near Maryborough QLD marks a key milestone for the new two-span overpass project.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project was another example of the Australian Government’s $50 billion investment in infrastructure being used to improve driver safety and improve freight efficiency.
“Upgrading the Tinana interchange will improve a known danger spot and is a great example of how our investment in the Bruce Highway is delivering better and safer roads, regional jobs and dollars into the cash registers of local businesses,” Mr Chester said.
Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey welcomed news of the important milestone as the community had been calling for it for many years.
“The Bruce Highway continues to be a key priority for the Queensland Government and this project is part of a 10-year $8.5 billion joint Federal/State commitment to improve safety, flood immunity and capacity,” Minister Bailey said.
“The 32m girders, each weighing about 80 tonnes will support the new two-span overpass that will serve as the new northbound off-ramp from the Bruce Highway to Gympie Road.”
Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien joined Bruce Saunders, State Member for Maryborough, to oversee the last concrete girders installed.
“The new interchange will provide a safer and more welcoming entrance to the Fraser Coast, attracting more visitors to our premier tourism region,” Mr O’Brien said.
“An average of 118 jobs are being supported over the construction of the project. While I acknowledge that some residents and local businesses have been inconvenienced through the construction phase, the new interchange will provide lasting benefits to Fraser Coast communities, motorists, transport operators and the economy.”
Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said the works were being completed offline so motorists should not expect any traffic disruptions while the girders are put in position.
“The temporary detour along Three Mile Road West will continue to serve as the Bruce Highway until mid-2017 when the new interchange is scheduled to open,” Mr Saunders said.
“In its entirety, the project will deliver improved safety and operational efficiency and support future growth in the Fraser Coast region.”
The Australian Government is providing up to $30.4 million towards the project, with the Queensland Government providing $7.6 million.