17 May 2013

Cairns Bruce Highway Upgrade Opens Bridges

The multi-million dollar Cairns Bruce Highway Upgrade project will celebrate the opening of the first two bridges to southbound traffic in late May. The interchange removes the conflict between road users heading into Cairns along Ray Jones Drive and those travelling south along the Bruce Highway. This is a significant milestone for the multi-million dollar project which has over 85% of the construction value invested locally. All major works on this project are on schedule for completion in late September. With the remainder of the works scheduled to be complete later in the year, including the construction of the impressive 136 metre steel girder pedestrian bridge. All reinforced soil structure walls are complete for all bridges and interchanges on the project, and combined are the equivalent of 16.5 tennis courts. The reinforced soil structure walls maximised space and enabled the delivery of extra traffic lanes. Another key highlight was the achievement of over 200,000 hours Lost Time Injury (LTI) free. This milestone has been achieved through collaborative teamwork, safety awareness training and maintaining a strong safety culture. JMac Constructions, BMD’s landscaping division, recently commenced landscaping works on the project. Supporting the project’s vision to invest locally, JMac Constructions has sourced majority of their materials including plants, trees, mulch, fencing and soils from local suppliers. The Cairns Bruce Highway Upgrade is being delivered by the CairnsConnect joint venture which is comprised of BMD Constructions and Albem Operations. Once complete, the project upgrade will improve safety and ease congestion and improve travel times for the 55,000 motorists using the southern access into Cairns. For more information on the Cairns Bruce Highway Upgrade project, please visit the website. _____________________________________________________________________________

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