Concrete foundations are in place to help build a new bridge as part of the $104 million Bruce Highway upgrade though Cairns’ southern suburbs, in Queensland.
Th foundations are 88 concrete piles measuring up to 24 metres in length and have been installed for the Cairns Southern Access Corridor upgrade, which will see the Bruce Highway widened from four lanes to six between Kate and Aumuller streets.
Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure Minister, Michael McCormack, said the project would deliver long-term improvements, reducing urban congestion, reducing highway travel time and improving road access.
“Projects such as this are a crucial part of our $100 billion nationwide infrastructure investment that is getting Australians to where they need to be sooner and safer – including in our regions,” McCormack said.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, inspected progress on the project with Member for Cairns Michael Healy.
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“This is about backing Cairns, local industry and businesses,” Bailey said.
“We’re creating a solid foundation for a better road to the Queensland Government’s $127 million port upgrade, which is securing new opportunities for tourism and industry in the far north.”
Healy said the project would support more than 110 local jobs.
“This isn’t just about cutting travel times, it’s also about creating jobs. In just the last twelve months, we’ve seen 12,000 jobs create in the far north – and this is just another win for our region,” Healy said.
Federal Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch, said this project was part of the Australian Government’s more than $840 million commitment to upgrading the Cairns Southern Access Corridor, including the recently announced $180 million for Stage 5 upgrades.
“Cairns is a vibrant growing regional city, and it is fantastic to see the Australian Government investing in Far North Queensland,” Entsch said.
Building the bridge is expected to take 12 months, weather permitting.