Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the Australian Government’s investment of more than $411 million to upgrade the Haughton River Floodplain and improve 14km of the Bruce Highway.
Senator Macdonald said the works, which will include the Haughton River Bridge upgrade, are long overdue.
“I’ve been driving over the Bridge for over 40 years and cross it every day on the way from my Ayr home to the Townsville office so I well understand just how desperate the need is for it to be fixed,” Senator Macdonald said.
“Locals in Ayr and Home Hill have had to put up with crossing the dangerous bridge as part of their everyday life. This funding by the Federal Government is a major win for the people of our local region.
“Works will include the construction of an upgraded Haughton River Bridge, two overpasses, 13 other bridges, the upgrade of nine rural intersections, widening the road and the installation of wide centre line treatment installed along the full length of the project.
“It means a reduction in the frequency and severity of road closures which will significantly benefit locals who have historically been trapped in by floodwaters over the Bruce Highway.
“I congratulate Dawson MP George Christensen for his great work in recent years advocating strongly for this upgrade and I also acknowledge the efforts of former MP De-Anne Kellly who worked with me for years to secure this major work,” Senator Macdonald said.
Construction will begin in mid-2018 and be completed mid-2021, weather permitting.
The Australian Government has committed $411.4 million to the project, with the Queensland Government contributing $102.9 million.