Civil engineers working in Queensland are set to benefit from an increase in job opportunities thanks to 2 recent announcements by the Federal Government concerning long overdue highway upgrades.
Warren Truss, Infrastructure Minister speaking on behalf of the Federal Government reported that McILwain Civil had been chosen to helm the Southeast Queensland $16 million D’Aguilar Highway upgrade, propelling the project through the pipeline quickly with work to start as early as October 2015.
But that is not all, in more good news for civil engineers looking for work, expressions of interest for the $105 million Bruce Highway upgrade are finally open for interested, prequalified construction companies as well, with building expected to begin next year.
“The upgrade will boost the interchange’s capacity and enhance safety for motorists who use this section of the highway. It is anticipated the successful tenderer will be announced early next year, with construction to start by mid-2016,” affirmed Mr Truss.
D’Aguilar Highway – What is Getting Upgraded?
- An extra 1.2 kilometre over-taking lane will be built
- The road surface between Neurum Rd and Canando St will be resealed
- More turning lanes will be constructed
- Additional signage will also be added
Bruce Highway – Major Upgrade
The Bruce Highway upgrades will be focused on the Boundary Road Interchange close to Narangba. A 6-lane bridge over the highway will be built to ease congestion and safety.
“The upgrade will see a new six-lane, four-span concrete bridge built over the Bruce Highway including a shared pedestrian and cycle crossing, as well as new signalised intersections at the new exit and entry ramps. It is anticipated the successful tenderer will be announced early next year,” said Mark Bailey, Minister for Main Roads & Road Safety.
These Highway Upgrades are Vital for a Number of Reasons
They are necessary to improve safety first and foremost and aid traffic flow and highway capacity. Both highways have deteriorated over the years and dangerous black spots have been identified. Over the years these stretches of road have claimed numerous lives and these improvements will go a long way to bringing these major traffic arterials up to scratch.
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