Bruce Highway upgrades to restart south of Bowen

October 28, 2022 6:57 am in by
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Upgrades to the Bruce Highway between Proserpine and Bowen are set to resume following the award of a new contract to RMS Engineering and Construction Pty Ltd.

Construction on the Emu Creek to Drays Road project stopped in February after the principal contractor, WBHO Infrastructure Pty Ltd, went into voluntary administration.

The Australian and Queensland Governments have been working since February to develop a plan to deliver the remaining works say say the engagement of RMS follows a detailed procurement process and ensures the completion of this important upgrade to the highway.

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Work will restart in coming weeks to complete 20 kilometres of safety improvements, including wide centre line treatments, guard rails and protected right turn lanes at five intersections.

Completion is expected in late 2023.

Procurement of a second contractor, to complete the two other affected projects on the Bruce Highway between Bowen Connection Road and Bowen Connection Road to Champion Street, is currently being finalised and expected to be awarded next month November 2022.

This investment is estimated to support an average of 55 direct jobs over the life of the project.