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Work will relieve flooding of Bruce Highway north of Mackay



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M t Bob Brown Minister t or Land Transport

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17 April 1991

WORK WILL RELIEVE FLOODING OF BRUCE HIGHWAY NORTH OF MACKAY

Calls for the Federal Government to make the Bruce Highway in North Queensland less susceptible to flooding were answered swiftly today, with the announcement of further roadworks north of Mackay.

The Federal Land Transport Minister, Bob Brown, said a 5.5 km section of highway between Hackay and Proserpine and a 4.8 km flood-prone section north of Proserpine would be rebuilt to withstand a flood probability of one

in 50 years. :

Work on both sections will start soon, Mr Brown said.

'The one in 50-year flood ldvel is the benchmark standard the Federal Government has set for all reconstruction work on the Bruce Highway iri North Queensland.

'With the completion of major projects on the Bruce Highway in the south, funding will be switched to North Queensland where the emphasis will be on the elimination of all narrow bridges and flood-prone sections of

roadway. :

'As the projects in the $400 million five-year highway reconstruction come on stream, tourism operators and businesses that rely on the Bruce Highway for their livelihood can expect that the road will be cut by only the most severe flood', Mr Brown said.

The two Bruce Highway projects to receive additional Federal Government funding are:

. the 5.5 km Palm Tree Creek to Macartney Creek section, north of Mackay, to be rebuilt at a total estimated cost ;of $3 million;

. the 4.8 km Emu Creek :to Intaburra section, between Proserpine arid Bowen (total cost, $4.7 million). >

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Mr Brown said traffic volumes on the Palm Tree Creek to Macartney Creek section were predicted to grow from the present 2800 vehicles a.day. toj 3600 vehicles a day in 1995. .

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'The .existing 6.7 metre-wide road was constructed in 1975 and has reached the end of its economic life.

'It will be replaced with a new strip of bitumen 8.5 metres wide. The project complements work completed already between Blackrock Creek and Murray Creek and between Murray Creek and Macartney.

'The project will start and finish during the next 18 months', Mr Brown said.

Work has started already on a replacement bridge over Emu Creek on the second Bruce Highway reconstruction project, Mr Brown said.

'The Emu Creek to Intaburra section of road is extremely flood-prone, with a flood probability rating of one in 10 years.

'The narrow 5.6 metre bitumen seal and unsatisfactory road edges make the Intaburra to Emu Creek section unsafe for overtaking. The road conditions also are inappropriate for forecast traffic demand.

'The highway will be built to a better alignment adjacent to the existing road for a distance of 4.8 km.

'Preliminary work has started. The Emu Creek Bridge will be completed this financial year, while the roadworks will open in 1991-92', Mr Brown said.

Media contact: Brian Hill (06) 277 7440 (w)