Mayor hoping overpass work begins this year
MAYOR Brad Carter hopes construction work will start on the $50million Kabra overpass before Christmas.
The Rockhampton Regional Council mayor was yesterday full of praise for the Bligh Government's 2011-12 budget, which includes an allocation of $8.5million towards the overpass project.
Cr Carter rated the State Budget 8.5 out of 10 – much higher than the 3 out of 10 he scored the Federal Budget – saying the Rockhampton region had been well looked after. Authorities have earmarked the Capricorn Highway and Malchi-Nine Mile Road intersection as the best place for a road and rail overpass.
Cr Carter sees the overpass crucial to opening up much-needed industrial land in the Rockhampton region.
He praised the State Government for accelerating the project.
On Tuesday, Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace and Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten announced an additional $40million would be provided to build the road and rail overpass, with $10million already spent.
The Bulletin understands the aim is to have the project completed by the end of 2012.
Meanwhile, council is working through its finances so services could be installed to ensure the industrial land was ready to be used as quickly as possible.
A lot of this land is currently privately owned.