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    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    Milestone for $34.2 million Bill Fulton Bridge project

    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    Thursday, August 18, 2016

    Milestone for $34.2 million Bill Fulton Bridge project

    The $34.2 million Bill Fulton Bridge duplication has reached a milestone this week with tenders called for the project.

    Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the project would improve safety and traffic flow.

    “This highly anticipated project will considerably improve safety and traffic flow by removing a pinch-point on one of Cairns’ key arterial roads and providing control at a busy intersection,” Mr Bailey said.

    Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said more than 30,000 motorists used the Cairns Western Arterial Road every day.

    “This project which is creating 97 jobs locally is a high priority for the Palaszczuk Government,” Mr Crawford said.

    “Works are expected to include 120 metres of new bridging, 700m of duplication between Brinsmead and Redlynch roads and signalisation of the Brinsmead Road intersection.”

    Mr Crawford said construction was on track to start in late 2016 (weather permitting).

    “The tender is expected to be awarded in October and construction well underway before the next wet season,” he said.

    Mr Bailey said the project will be one of the first to be delivered under the State Government’s $180 million Significant Regional Infrastructure Projects Program (SRIPP), part of the $2 billion State Infrastructure Fund.

    “The fund will support more than 280 regional jobs across the State,” he said.

    “This is another great example of how the Palaszczuk Government is building a better Queensland.”

     

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