Chris Ison

Bruce Hwy repair work to start

STRETCHES of the Bruce Hwy will be more resilient in about two years with the first round of $950 million in Fitzroy rebuilding funds announced yesterday.

Premier Anna Bligh said at the Midgee Depot that the State Government had signed two contracts for two sections of the highway to be rebuilt, using modern methods and modern materials worth $50 million.

The two stretches to be rebuilt are from Benaraby to Mt Larcom and Raglan to Archer, following damage caused to the sections of road after the summer's floods.

Ms Bligh said the works were expected to start by the end of the month, and the total $950m works would be completed in the next two years, depending on the weather, with more funding announcements in the next few months.

“It's great to be in Rockhampton and the region and see how much work has been done to recover from the recent floods, but much of the work you see on the roads is temporary work so that they are trafficable,” she said.

“Now we are in the longer, slower process of doing the permanent repairs work to make these roads much more resilient in the future.

“Many of these roads will now be rebuilt to much more modern standards with more modern materials and hopefully withstand flooding a little better in the future.”

One of the contracts was signed with a private company, Fulton Hogan, to carry out $39m of works between Benaraby and Mt Larcom, and the other $8m to RoadTek.

“People are going to see road crews out on the roads and highways in the region,” Ms Bligh said.

“They are sometimes going to experience a bit of inconvenience as we get these roads back to fully operational permanent repaired roads. So I do ask people for their patience.

“All of the contractors who win these contracts are required to meet a local supply policy to supply labour, materials, supplies and contractors from the local area as much as possible.

“This $50m worth of new roadworks will support 463 jobs in this region.

“Depending on the nature of a flood, it's impossible to say that any road would ever be completely flood-proof.”

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