Milestone Reached for Road Upgrades
A $5.3 million project to improve truck access at the Port of Bundaberg is on target to finish in July.
The upgrade will see Buss and Newman streets become the main route for heavy vehicles to the port.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the project would see all levels of government working together to improve safety and support future development opportunities at Bundaberg’s port.
''The construction industry plays an essential role in keeping the state’s economy moving so we can’t lose momentum on projects that keep local people in jobs,” Mr Bailey said.
“In that context, it’s pleasing to see progress continuing on this project, which will improve heavy vehicle access and support future transport demands in the port development area.”
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the Coalition Government was investing in the future of the Port of Bundaberg with $2.5 million in funding for this project through the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.
“I’m pleased to see this upgrade – which will make it safer for all road users – is well underway, with locally owned and operated businesses undertaking the work,” Mr Pitt said.
“This heavy vehicle access road upgrade is a vital infrastructure link, and alongside the $10 million multi-use conveyor belt funded through the Hinkler Regional Deal, will lead to more opportunities opening up at the Port of Bundaberg.”
Acting CEO Craig Walker said the upgraded truck access into the precinct would improve safety and support future development opportunities at the port.
“The asphalt on Newman Street was laid last week - this first milestone in the project has allowed Knauf to unload its gypsum in a safer environment.
“There are still some works to be completed at the top end to lift the road which will be undertaken shortly.
“The planned drainage works ensure existing vacant port land is readily available for new port industry development in the future.”
Bundaberg Regional Council roads and drainage portfolio spokesperson Cr Bill Trevor said the upgrade will provide a much-needed heavy vehicle route for current and future port activities.
“Council has worked collaboratively with GPC to design an upgrade and realignment of Buss Street, including the Powers Streets intersection,” Cr Trevor said.
“This upgrade will enable Buss Street to act as the primary heavy vehicle access route for the port development area and we are pleased to see the project reaching its first major milestone.”
It is anticipated that the upgrade works will be completed by September 2020.
Gladstone Ports Corporation will contribute $2.8 million to the road and drainage upgrades, with an additional $2.5 million to be provided through the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.