UPDATE: Contract awarded for Section C of Cooroy to Curra
UPDATE: CPB Contractors has been awarded the contract for the Cooroy to Curra Section C project which will see the Bruce Highway widened to four lanes between the Traveston interchange and the proposed Woondum interchange, south of Gympie.
Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said the new four-lane highway will address safety and capacity issues on this section of the Bruce Highway.
"The Cooroy to Curra Section C project will improve safety and provide travel time savings for freight and passenger vehicles, as well as providing savings on infrastructure operating costs," Mr Truss said.
"The improvements will also help minimise disruptions and road closures due to flooding.
"Section C is the third of four major Bruce Highway - Cooroy to Curra upgrade projects, with Section A from the Cooroy Southern interchange to Sankey's Road well underway, and Section B between Federal and Traveston completed in 2012.
"The Australian Government is also committed to progressing the Section D project on planning and design work for upgrading the section of the highway stretching from south of Keefton Road to Curra.
"Work on Section C is expected to start in coming weeks and to be completed by mid-2018, weather permitting."
Queensland Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the assessment process for the Section C works contract focused on ensuring the successful tenderer had a strong record in delivering major infrastructure projects.
"Over the next few weeks CPB Contractors will establish equipment and staff at the construction site," Mr Bailey said.
"The majority of work will occur off the highway and have minimal impacts on traffic flows.
"The Section C early works project, which involves safety upgrades on the existing highway between Woondum and Venardos Avenue, is progressing well and is expected to be complete by mid-2016 weather permitting."
The $384.24 million Bruce Highway - Cooroy to Curra - Section C project is jointly funded with the Australian Government providing up to $307.4 million and the Queensland Government $76.84 million.
EARLIER: Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss has advised of upcoming vegetation clearing and earthworks as part of Section A of the Cooroy to Curra Bruce Highway upgrade.
"From early February 2016, vegetation clearing will be carried out in the road reserve area adjacent to southbound lanes between Mary River Road and the Cooroy southern interchange. The works involve full width vegetation clearing and mulching and will take around two months, weather permitting," Mr Truss said.
"The clearing will allow for the start of earthworks required for the upgrading of the existing southbound carriageway and will include widening the southbound highway lanes between Mary River Road and the Cooroy southern interchange.
"The earthworks involve the installation of drainage and services infrastructure, temporary and permanent fencing, environmental controls and sediment basins and is expected to be completed from mid-2016, weather permitting.
"Generally works will occur between 6am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday and every effort will be made to minimise any associated impacts, however nearby residents may experience some noise and dust. Some night works may also be required.
"Motorists may experience some minor, intermittent delays between Mary River Road and the Cooroy southern interchange, as stop-go traffic controls may be required on the Highway while clearing activities are undertaken nearby."
Further information on these works will be distributed to nearby residents and businesses, and can also be accessed through the Section A Cooroy to Curra project hotline on 1800 180 566.
The Section A works are joint-funded by the Federal and State Governments, as part of the Cooroy to Curra Bruce Highway upgrades.