As part of the Federal Government’s $75 Billion, 10 year infrastructure funding plan the Bruce Highway is set to benefit from a massive $884 million upgrade.
The key upgrade will be delivering a six-lane stretch of highway from Brisbane to the Sunshine Motorway interchange. It is expected that this project will cost $536.4 million. Andrew Wallace, Fisher MP, identified that this was a “fantastic budget” for the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane’s Northern Suburbs. Furthermore, Fairfax MP, Ted O’Brien stated, “ The infrastructure is an enormous win for the Sunshine Coast.”
“The Sunshine Coast has won on this.”
Andrew Wallace is pushing the State Government to fast-track the appropriate planning studies so that work can kick off as soon as possible.
Once planning studies are completed, of which there is no time frame for, the opportunities this project will provide the construction industry will become clearer, including identifying the number of workers required and an expected start and finish date.
Other upgrades for the Bruce Highway include a $44 million upgrade for the Walkerston Bypass and $6 million for the Mt Lindsay Highway.
Overall, Queensland infrastructure came out a loser from the budget, considering the State’s highest priority project, the $1 billion Cross River Rail, wasn’t guaranteed any funds.