Warren Truss.
Warren Truss. Craig Warhurst

Yeppen South preparatory works to be underway by Christmas

3pm: AS one project was officially opened by politicians today, the wheels of another were set into motion.

Stage two of the Yeppen upgrade, otherwise known as Yeppen South, project is expected to get underway before Christmas with the announcement of John Holland winning the contract.

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss announced the awarding of the $300 million contract during the official opening of the Yeppen North project today.

Yeppen South involves extending the flood-resilient corridor by constructing a new raised carriageway on the Bruce Highway as far as the Burnett Highway, two kilometres south of Rockhampton.

The 2.8 kilometre highway duplication will include a 1.6 kilometre long bridge.

Transport Minister Scott Emerson said preparatory works would start before Christmas.

See more in tomorrow's The Bulletin.

1.55pm: John Holland has won the $300m tender to build a bridge over the Yeppen floodplain section of the Bruce Hwy south of Rockhampton.

More to follow.

6am: STAGE One of the Yeppen North project will be opened this afternoon by a very special guest.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss will open the bridge, worth $85 million, before meeting with National Road Freighters about their concerns in the trucking industry and a number of local mayors about the Regional Development Australia Fund.

Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said she and Mr Truss will be addressing a number of projects that were never signed off by the previous Government in the last weeks of their term.

"We've had a really good response, mayors from all over are coming," Ms Landry said.

"I'm really looking forward to him coming up, it's really good he could stay on longer and deal with these issues.

"It's all very well relaying them from here but if he can hear it directly from people involved it's better for him to have an understanding of these things."

The Bulletin will tweet from the opening using hash tag #yeppenopening.

She said the opening of the project, and the beginning of stage two, were very exciting for the region.

"It's going to be great, it means Rockhampton is open for business," Ms Landry said.

"When there's a flood about trucks can get through and the beef industry can continue.

Stage Two will provide an elevated crossing from the roundabout to Egans Hill.

The iconic bull at the Yeppen roundabout during the January 2011 flood, indicating why the floodplain needs upgrading.
The iconic bull at the Yeppen roundabout during the January 2011 flood, indicating why the floodplain needs upgrading. Chris Ison


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