Works are worth the wait
CONTRACTORS will start work within a few weeks on an $85 million upgrade of the Yeppen roundabout and bridge to ease congestion and provide a flood-free southern entrance to Rockhampton.
Premier Anna Bligh made her second election campaign visit to the city yesterday to announce that a contract for the Yeppen North project had been signed and that work could be completed within 18 months, weather permitting.
The contract has been awarded to Fulton Hogan and Ms Bligh said she was delighted it would create a substantial number of local jobs.
"With the appointment of Fulton Hogan, we are now one step closer to improving safety and helping ease the congestion at the Yeppen roundabout every morning and afternoon," she said.
"The project will deliver significant upgrades over a 2km stretch, including a second Yeppen bridge, new lanes on the roundabout and intersection improvements at Jellicoe St and Port Curtis Rd."
She said the work would be of regional and national significance and thousands of road users would benefit from it each day.
The new bridge will be constructed 3m higher than the existing bridge and is virtually guaranteed to remain passable even in an extreme flood, according to the engineers.
"Improvements on the roundabout will start in a matter of weeks," Ms Bligh said.
"This means, of course, that there is going to be road works and disruption for a considerable time, but this project will have a huge impact on the people of this region and beyond," she said.
Ms Bligh said this was effectively stage one in the flood proofing of Rockhampton.
"Stage two has been the subject of a very thorough investigation and a report is currently being finalised," she said.
"It will require a very substantial injection of public funds and will involve complex engineering solutions."
- $85 million work over 18 months to two years.
- New slip lane to roundabout for traffic entering along Capricorn Hwy from Gracemere.
- Speed reduction curves at all roundabout approaches.
- Expansion of roundabout to two lanes between Yeppen Bridge entry and Cap Hwy exit.
- New two-lane bridge over Yeppen, 420m long and 3m higher than existing bridge.
- Both lanes of existing bridge will be dedicated for inbound traffic.
- Safety improvements at Upper Dawson Rd and Jellicoe St intersection.
- Reconfiguration of Port Curtis Rd intersection.
More details at www.tmr.qld.gov.au