Highway delays during blasting

MOTORISTS can expect delays this Wednesday when the Bruce Highway is closed temporarily between Carlson Road and Traveston Road.

The closure will allow for a low impact blast near Traveston Road as part of construction work for Section B of the Bruce Highway upgrade. The Department of Transport and Main Roads has said there may be a short delay of up to 10 minutes some time between noon and 2pm.

Work on Section B of the bypass, from Sankeys to Travetson roads has seen 14 benches cut into the side of a large hill at Federal to make way for the new highway route.

A departmental spokesperson said the benches helped to maintain the stability of slopes and reduced the risk of land slips.

A concrete seal on the hill’s face will prevent soft soil erosion from between rock layers and further reduce the risk of land slips and the benches will be revegetated with grasses, shrubs and other ground cover.

The bulk earth works for Section B are due to be completed this Christmas and the department is now tendering for contract three of the project which includes pavement, bridge and finishing works.

Two new bridges over Coles Creek and the Mary River will be constructed as a part of the upgrade’s interchanges, including an upgrade of the Dobson Road intersection.

Contract four, to complete the northern and southern connections to the highway, will go to tender at the end of the month.

The estimated date of completion for Section B of the bypass is May 2012.

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