Relocations pave the way for further Bruce Hwy works
UTILITY companies will begin relocating infrastructure south of Gympie in the coming weeks, in anticipation of major works on the Bruce Highway south of Gympie.
Federal Member for Wide Bay and Minister for Infrastructure Warren Truss said the relocations were necessary to allow continued services for local property owners while construction is undertaken on the Section C upgrade.
"Residents of Gympie will already have noticed the construction being undertaken on 3.4km of Highway around the Gold Nugget roadhouse south of Gympie, which are part of the early works package for Section C of the Cooroy to Curra upgrade," Mr Truss said.
"The upcoming major works package will add considerably to the works already underway south of Gympie. Once finished, the Section C project will provide 10.5km of four laning on the Highway south of Gympie.
"In anticipation of the commencement of this project, service providers will soon begin relocating electrical and telecommunications infrastructure in order to minimize any disruption to nearby residents during the project."
The works will involve vegetation clearing, trenching, underground boring and pole installations and are expected to be completed by mid-March 2016.
Mr Truss said that while the project team will endeavour to complete the work as quietly and quickly as possible, residents with properties adjacent to the sites may notice construction noise during the relocations.
"The Department of Transport has advised me that they will notify residents of surrounding properties prior to these works. Telstra and Energex will also be in touch with individual affected property owners to inform them of any service disruptions.
"This is an exciting time for the Gympie region and I look forward to delivering further good news on the Section C upgrades in the near future."
Further information on the Section C project can be found online at: www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/B/Bruce-Highway-Cooroy-to-Curra/Bruce-Highway-Upgrade-Cooroy-to-Curra-Section-C-Traveston-to-Woondum.aspx.
Local residents can also contact the Section C project team via telephone on 1800 180 566, or Mr Truss' office on 4121 2936.