Hundreds of construction jobs to come from $300m highway upgrade

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380 construction jobs have been locked in for Queensland, as shovels are set to hit the ground today on the Sunshine Coast's $301 million Bruce Highway upgrade at Forest Glen. 

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said securing hundreds of more jobs on the coast was crucial to Queensland’s plan for economic recovery, while also meeting the transport needs of the region well into the future.

“The global economy has been hit hard by COVID-19, but Queensland’s strong health response to date means our state can kick-start the economy quickly and get on with the job of rolling out a $23 billion pipeline of road and transport upgrades,” Mr Bailey said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the project was part of the $12.6 billion, 15-year Bruce Highway Upgrade Program – a pipeline of investment from the Australian and Queensland Governments.

“As part of our commitment to improving the safety, reliability and performance of our national highways, the Australian Government has committed $241 million to upgrade the Maroochydore Road and Mons Road interchanges,” Mr McCormack said.

“Coupled with current upgrade works between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway, the delivery of these vital projects is supporting more than 1,060 jobs.

“This is a great example of how the Australian Government’s $100 billion nationwide infrastructure investment is setting the foundations for economic recovery as the nation begins to reach the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The project comes as part of a more than $3 billion jointly-funded investment on the Bruce Highway from Gympie to Caboolture, which includes the $812.95 million Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway, the $1 billion Cooroy to Curra - Section D and $662.5 million Caboolture to Steve Irwin Way projects - both set to begin construction in late 2020. 

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