Craig Warhurst

Work to begin on Cooroy to Curra Section A

BIELBY Holdings Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract for the Bruce Hwy, Cooroy to Curra Section A upgrade, which will see works begin between Cudgerie Drive and Sankeys Rd within weeks.

The contract was announced yesterday by Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Member for Gympie David Gibson.

It involves the construction of 7km of four-lane divided highway and a new northern Cooroy interchange.

"Approximately 16,000 vehicles currently travel this section of the Bruce Hwy each day, and this project will ensure the highway has enough capacity to deal with the expected growth in traffic over future decades," Mr Truss said.

"As work nears completion on the upgrade of Black Mountain Range Rd, we can shift our focus to the new section of highway between Cudgerie Drive and Sankeys Rd.

"The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government will spend $2 billion to upgrade the Bruce Hwy through the Wide Bay electorate alone, making it faster, safer and less prone to flooding."

Mr Gibson said the contract would also involve the creation of a new interchange north of Cooroy and bridges at Skyring Creek and Gardners Rd.

"The new Cooroy northern interchange will be built half way between Cudgerie Drive and Black Mountain Range Rd, and roundabouts will be provided on each side of the upgraded highway to efficiently connect the local road network," he said.

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