Big lift for Peak Downs over Ring Road

Another construction milestone has been reached on the Mackay Ring Road project with work starting on the Peak Downs Highway overpass.

roadworksDeputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack says the Peak Downs Highway overpass would remove traffic from the urban section of the Bruce Highway, particularly along Nebo Road.

“The Peak Downs Highway overpass is the largest of the 13 bridges and overpasses included in the 11.3-kilometre project and today’s start of pile works is a major step forward.”

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the Mackay Ring Road was a major component of the 10-year Bruce Highway Upgrade Program – $8.5 billion worth of works to lift the highway’s safety and capacity levels from Brisbane to Cairns.

“The Peak Downs Highway overpass is one of the main access points to the Mackay Ring Road and will pave the way for the construction of entry and exit ramps.”

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said the start of works marked another milestone for the project and would support traffic flow along the Peak Downs Highway and cane industry railway access to the Mackay Sugar Racecourse Mill.

“The overpass’s clearance height of 5.5 metres will ensure oversize vehicles and equipment can continue to be transported along the highway, west to the Bowen Basin and east to the Racecourse Mill and Mackay.”

The $497.3 million Bruce Highway—Mackay Ring Road—Stage 1 project is scheduled for completion by early 2020, weather permitting.