A $5.3 million road upgrade project to improve the Port of Bundaberg’s truck access is set for completion in July 2020.

The upgrade will see Buss and Newman streets become the main route for heavy vehicles to the port.

The project has seen all levels of government working together to improve safety and support future development opportunities at Bundaberg’s port.

The upgraded truck access into the precinct would improve safety and support future development opportunities at the port.

“The asphalt on Newman Street was laid last week – this first milestone in the project has allowed Knauf to unload its gypsum in a safer environment.

Gladstone Ports Corporation will contribute $2.8 million to the road and drainage upgrades, with an additional $2.5 million to be provided through the Federal Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

This heavy vehicle access road upgrade, alongside the $10 million multi-use conveyor belt funded through the Hinkler Regional Deal, will contribute to more opportunities opening up at the Port of Bundaberg.

Port of Bundaberg Acting CEO, Craig Walker, said there were remaining works to be completed at the top end to lift the road, which will be undertaken shortly.

“The planned drainage works ensure existing vacant port land is readily available for new port industry development in the future,” Mr Walker said.

Bundaberg Regional Council roads and drainage portfolio spokesperson, Bill Trevor, said the upgrade will provide a much-needed heavy vehicle route for current and future port activities.

“Council has worked collaboratively with GPC to design an upgrade and realignment of Buss Street, including the Powers Streets intersection,” Mr Trevor said.

“This upgrade will enable Buss Street to act as the primary heavy vehicle access route for the port development area and we are pleased to see the project reaching its first major milestone.”

It is anticipated that these upgrade works will be completed by September 2020.

QLD Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said the construction industry “plays an essential role” in keeping Western Australia’s economy moving. 

“In that context, it’s pleasing to see progress continuing on this project, which will improve heavy vehicle access and support future transport demands in the port development area,” Mr Bailey said.

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