News Date: 16 Jul 2017
The last of the concrete needed for the bridge will be poured this week as construction of the new Bill Fulton Bridge nears completion.
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey and Member for Barron River Craig Crawford welcomed the progress of the $34.2 million project on Cairns Western Arterial Road.
“This is an incredible project, that will benefit so many motorists in Cairns once complete,” Mr Bailey said.
“With the bridge structure soon complete, crews will turn their attention to pavement works on the bridge approaches and Brinsmead Road intersection,” Mr Bailey said.
“Locals have been calling for this upgrade for many years and I congratulate Craig Crawford for making it a reality, I’m sure they will all be as pleased I am that it is now just months away from completion.”
Mr Crawford said this had been a significant project for the region, supporting around 97 direct jobs over the life of the project and boosting the local economy.
“I know large-scale infrastructure projects like this can be an inconvenience and I thank people for their patience while we get this project over the line,” he said.
“When complete in just a few months time, this project will remove a well-known pinch point on Cairns Western Arterial Road and improve safety and traffic flow.
“The route will also be more reliable with a high level of flood immunity, improving efficiency of general and heavy freight services between Cairns and the northern beaches.”
Tenders are now open to deliver the next two major projects under the Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan, with the upgrades set to improve road safety and save lives.
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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has revealed that works to design the new 4.5 million Kingaroy State High School hall is underway, with construction on the hall set to start in November.
The Queensland State Government will spend $65 million to transform one of the busiest intersections on one of South East Queensland’s busiest roads – the Sumners Road Interchange on the Centenary Highway.
Construction has begun on the $17.2 million Northern Inland Centre of Sporting Excellence in Tamworth.