WORK has been completed on the $384.2 million Bruce Highway–Cooroy to Curra Section C upgrade, with the finishing touches now in place on the 10.5-kilometre stretch of four-lane highway between Traveston and Woondum.
Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the improved four-lane stretch of highway south of Gympie opened to traffic in November 2017.
"It is an important part of our 10-year Bruce Highway Upgrade Program funded by the Australian and Queensland governments. This new stretch of highway shows how we are investing and delivering better roads right around Australia, with drivers between the Sunshine Coast and Gympie now enjoying safer and more efficient trips," Mr McCormack said.
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the project's early delivery was a credit to the hard work of Department of Transport and Main Roads and all involved in the project's delivery.
Originally expected to be completed mid-way through 2018, Mr Bailey said effective project management, detailed planning and some favourable weather has meant the new section of road has been delivered months ahead of schedule.
Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien said the project was also a major boost for the local and regional economy.
"Section C has improved flood immunity for the highway south of Gympie, reduced travel times, provided greater capacity for our increasing traffic volumes and, most importantly, improved safety. It has also been a major boost for the local and regional economy, having supported an average of 426 jobs over its life," Mr O'Brien said.
"The Cooroy to Curra project is literally a lifesaving piece of infrastructure. What was one of the deadliest sections of highway has been transformed into a currently fatality free stretch of road. This four lane, high capacity divided highway is saving lives and I want to see the whole project completed, with Section D bringing a safer road all the way to Curra."
Section C links with previously completed sections of the Cooroy to Curra project, which together now provide 36 kilometres of upgraded highway between Cooroy and Woondum.
The Australian Government invested $307.4 million and the Queensland Government $76.8 million to fund the $384.2 million Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra–Section C project.