80 Zone South Of Townsville In Place For Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade

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Carley Whittington

30 May 2019

Carley Whittington

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Speed conditions on the Bruce Highway south of Townsville have been adjusted from 100 to 80 to make way for the Haughton River Floodplain upgrade, so lift your leadfoot. 

A total of 13.5km of upgraded highway is on the to-do list for the construction project which will work to improve the current flooding situation. 

Also on the to-do list is:

  • replace the Horseshoe Lagoon, Pink Lily and Haughton River bridges with new, wider, higher-level bridges
  • build new crossings of Healey’s Lagoon and the Reed Beds curve
  • upgrade 13.5km of the Bruce Highway (on approach to, and between the bridges), in some areas on a new alignment
  • construct 2 highway overpasses of open-level cane tramway crossings, removing interactions between highway and cane traffic
  • upgrade rural intersections within the project area to improve safety
  • install wide centre line treatments (similar to other, recent Bruce Highway projects) to increase the distance between oncoming lanes of traffic and reduce the risk of head-on collisions. 

IMAGE CREDIT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT AND MAIN ROADS 

The Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade project is being funded and delivered as part of the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program.

The $514.3 million project funding includes $411.4 million committed by the Australian Government and $102.9 million from the Queensland Government. 

 

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