Traffic flows on Yeppen floodplain upgrade
ANOTHER Bruce Highway milestone has been marked this week with the $170 million Yeppen Floodplain Upgrade now open to traffic.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the highly anticipated project is a significant boost to motorists and the community.
"By duplicating this section of the Bruce Highway we have doubled the capacity of the road south of Rockhampton, reducing travel times for freight operators and other drivers," Mr Truss said.
"The upgrade includes a high-level floodplain crossing on the southern approach to the city, ensuring all traffic continues to move efficiently even during wet weather."
Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the project has been designed and constructed to remain open to traffic even during a 1-in-100-year flood event.
"The two new bridges are supported by more than 1,200 reinforced concrete piles which are set as deep as 26 metres into the Yeppen floodplain," Mr Bailey said.
"More than 200 jobs have been supported throughout the project with flow on benefits for the local economy and motorists will also benefit from improved road safety as result of the upgrade."
The project is expected to be commissioned in early December 2015 and has been a jointly funded with the Australian Government contributing $136 million and the Queensland Government $34 million.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said motorists are seeing immediate improvements in traffic flow and safety on a daily basis.
"The slip lane bridge travelling south of Rockhampton, which is open for the first time, will keep traffic flowing and reduces the potential for accidents at the busy roundabout," Ms Landry said.
"Central Queensland has experienced its fair share of flooding and natural disasters over the years and the high-level immunity of the new bridges will maintain access and amenity for the community." Further information on the project is