Bulk earthworks and a two kilometre section of new highway for Section B of the Bruce Highway upgrade are due for completion at the end of the year.
Bulk earthworks and a two kilometre section of new highway for Section B of the Bruce Highway upgrade are due for completion at the end of the year.

Cooroy to Curra upgrade on budget

WORK on Section B (from Sankeys Road to Traveston Road) of the Bruce Highway upgrade between Cooroy and Curra is on schedule and on budget, according to a Department of Transport and Main Roads spokesperson.

The spokesperson said the first two construction contracts, the bulk earthworks and the completion of a two-kilometre section of new highway at the southern end of the project, were under way with both due for completion in late 2010, depending on the weather.

“The next construction contract will be the pavement, bridges and finishing works for the whole alignment and, closely following this, is contract four which includes both the southern and northern connections to the new highway,” the spokesperson said.

Part of contract four will include the construction of an interchange south of Traveston Road.

“This will cater for traffic movements in all directions from the new highway to the local road network. The department is proposing to construct two new bridges as part of the works. These will be located over Coles Creek and the Mary River, improving access and flood immunity.”

The spokesperson said the project aimed to minimise impacts on the environment and was going through an Environment Protection Biodiversity and Conservation Act (EPBC) referral with the Federal Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA).

Advice from DEWHA should be received by the department this week as to what, if any, conditions would be put on the project because of the EPBC.

Until then, the department is not releasing specific bridge details.

Once completed in 2012, the new four-lane Section B will connect at both ends with the existing two- lane Bruce Highway.

“Over recent years, the department has upgraded many sections of highway from two to four lanes and data has shown that where traffic comes off of the new four lanes, onto the existing two lanes, there is often an increase in crashes,” a spokesperson said.

“In an effort to minimise any likelihood of this occurring, the department is investigating options for interim safety measures.”

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