Drivers test part of new hwy soon
MOTORISTS may be using parts of the Bruce Highway upgrade between Sankeys and Middle Creek Roads at Federal by early next month.
Yesterday Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said finishing touches were being added to the new two-kilometre section including bitumen and overhead street lights.
He said traffic will be switched over to the new section in stages from late this month and early next month, weather permitting.
So far Section B (Sankeys Road to Traveston Road) of the upgrade between Cooroy and Curra is on track and on budget.
Mr Wallace said work was expected to start on pavement, line marking and other finishing works on the new highway between Traveston and Middle Creek Road, and bridges over the new highway on Coles Creek Road early next year.
He said the last contract for works on the section was scheduled to start mid 2011.
“It will include bridges over the existing highway and Skyring Creek, to connect the northern and southern sections of the new highway and an interchange between Traveston Road and Carlson Road (north) to provide safe access to and from the local road network.
“A new Mary Valley Connection Road will also be built, connecting the new Traveston interchange across to the existing Dobson Road intersection on Mary Valley Road.
“This new connection road will improve access to the highway for the Mary Valley community, address safety concerns at the current Traveston Crossing Road intersection and offer flood immunity for a one in 20 year Mary River flood event.”
Mr Wallace said new bridges will be built over the Mary River and Coles Creek for the road.
“My department is committed to managing environmental impacts associated with the work.
“Vegetation clearing will be kept to a minimum and storage areas for fill and other materials will be set up out of the Mary River floodplain,” Mr Wallace said.
“The department is working closely with the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (Fisheries) and the Department of Environment and Resource Management to finalise the bridge designs.
“As a result of the department's environmentally conscious approach, Federal environmental approval was received for the Mary Valley Connection Road project earlier this year.
“The Department of Transport and Main Roads is committed to keeping motorists and stakeholders informed.
“Further information on the planned changes to traffic conditions will be made available in the coming weeks and traffic management will be on site to assist motorists,” he said.