Section B of the Bruce Highway upgrade now open to traffic
21 November 2012
Despite having to contend with the heaviest rainfalls in years, the through lanes of the new highway between Federal and Traveston were opened on Wednesday 26 September.
The full Bruce Highway Upgrade (Cooroy to Curra) project involves a 61km upgrade and realignment of the highway and is one of Queensland's highest priority road projects. The upgrade has been divided into sections and the 12 km Section B was the first to be undertaken due to traffic and safety needs.
The works commenced in 2009 and once complete, will separate long distance from local traffic movements to allow the highway to function as a high-speed, high-volume corridor. The four-lane divided highway built to modern standards, has the ability to be upgraded to six lanes in future.
Abigroup has played an integral role in the upgrading of this section of Bruce Highway. From the beginning, Abigroup has been involved with the initial bulk earthworks after securing Contract 1 of the project. The works included moving over 5 million cubic metres of material, inclusive of 1 million cubic metres of blasted rock.
Image courtesy of Department of Transport & Main Roads photographed by Force8 Aerial Photography
Image courtesy of the Gympie Times
The final component, Contract 4, involves completing the local connections for the new Bruce Highway realignment at Skyring Creek in the south and at a new interchange at Traveston.
Contract 4 includes:
- Constructing the new interchange and a section of new highway at the northern end of the project
- Realigning Traveston Road between Thomason Road and the new interchange
- Constructing the new Mary Valley Link Road to the west of the interchange, to connect with Gympie-Brooloo Road
- Constructing twin bridges over Skyring Creek at Federal including the permanent diversion of Skyring Creek and revegetation works
- Realigning a section of the old highway in Federal.
The progress of the project has been even more remarkable considering since the start of construction in 2009, the region has received 4.5 metres of rainfall and experienced three major floods.
The works during the extreme wet weather achieved outstanding results and Abigroup is seen as a leader in managing the risks associated with erosion and sediment control. The project was adjacent to sensitive receiving waters and has implemented innovative construction methodologies while working in a restricted construction footprint and developing exhaustive erosion and sediment control management strategies.
While motorists are pleased about the safer, smoother and more efficient driving experience on the new Bruce Highway, Abigroup employees and subcontractors are still working on the final touches to off-ramps, bridges, the Traveston Road realignment and the completion of the new Mary Valley Link Road.