Important highway works will improve journey times in Australia’s Queensland and New South Wales states. Work will be carried out to widen and improve the Bruce Highway on the northern side of Brisbane in Queensland. The project is being paid for jointly by the Australian Federal Government and the Queensland Government.
The stretch of highway will be widened so that it features four lanes in either direction, instead of three as at present. The widening work will reduce journey times and also improve safety for drivers. The project will also allow greater protection from flooding for the route.
The upgrade for the Bruce Highway is Queensland’s biggest ever road infrastructure plan. The work is aimed at improving safety, flood resilience, and capacity along the length and breadth of the highway between Brisbane and Cairns. A budget of US$7 billion (A$10 billion) has been provided by the Australian Federal Government for the project.
Meanwhile, the contract for a section of the M12 highway near to Sydney in NSW has been won by Seymour Whyte, part of Vinci. The $262.5 million (A$373 million) project was awarded by the NSW Government.
The work is expected to reduce traffic congestion and journey times for drivers. The project will provide a new connection for Sydney’s Western International Airport, which is currently under construction and expected to open in 2026.
And in Tasmania, a budget of $1.9 billion (A$2.7 billion) has been set for upgrade works to roads and bridges. The work is intended to boost connectivity and safety.