Highway upgrade now halfway
SOME 31,000 cubic metres of earth is being shifted every day as work progresses on the $613 million Section B (Sankeys Road to Traveston Road) of the Bruce Highway, Cooroy to Curra upgrade.
Minister for Main Roads Craig Wallace said a major milestone had been reached with the earthworks component of the project reaching the halfway mark yesterday.
“We’ve hit the halfway mark with earthworks – removing 2.5 million cubic metres of earth from the site,” Mr Wallace said.
“It means our road workers have literally moved heaven and earth to help deliver this important road safety project on time and on budget,” he said.
Due to be completed by 2012, the upgrade is considered Queensland’s highest priority road project.
In addition to the road safety benefits, the project is a welcome boost to the local economy, Mr Wallace said.
“We’re generating around 1700 jobs and the majority are being filled by local workers.”
Along with the construction fleet, many new apprentices, trainees, engineers and university undergraduates are among the estimated 260 workers to benefit from workplace or on-the-job training.
On average there will be 1650 direct and indirect jobs generated over the life of the Section B project.
The department is currently investigating options to provide an appropriate connection to the local road network from Section B.
Investigations and geotechnical work, including bore hole drilling, has commenced and will continue for the next few months.