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Bruce Highway – Tiaro Flood Immunity Upgrade

Overview:

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is investigating options to improve flood immunity, safety and efficiency on the Bruce Highway at Tiaro.

Location:

Bruce Highway at Tiaro.

Completion:

The project is currently in the planning phase. Design and construction time frames will be confirmed as the project progresses.

Benefits:

The upgrade will improve flood immunity, safety and efficiency on this section of the national highway network.

Funding:

The $107 million Tiaro Flood Immunity Upgrade is fully funded under the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program, with an Australian Government contribution of up to $85.6 million and a Queensland Government contribution of up to $21.4 million.

Regions:
North Coast and Wide Bay-Burnett Region - North Coast District, North Coast and Wide Bay-Burnett Region - Wide Bay-Burnett District

Project info

Background

Flooding affects a number of locations on the Bruce Highway north and south of the Tiaro township, including Chinaman Creek Bridge, Black Swamp Creek Bridge and Black Swamp Creek culvert.

This has a major impact on passenger and freight movements on the national highway and results in excessive delays. During significant flood events, the highway at Tiaro can be closed for up to 68.8 hours. Delays due to congestion at Tiaro during peak travel times also result in significant queues on the Bruce Highway.

TMR is considering several options to address flood immunity issues at this location and to improve safety and travel times to meet current and future traffic demand. Options include upgrades to the existing highway as well as the construction of a new highway to the east of Tiaro.

Progress

The project is currently in the planning phase. TMR has completed preliminary technical investigations including hydraulic analyses, desktop environmental assessments and high-level traffic modelling.

More detailed investigations are required to confirm the costs, technical constraints, benefits and impacts associated with different project options, before TMR can determine the feasibility of each option. 

Before commencing further investigations, the department is seeking community feedback on the options under investigation. During their evaluation, TMR will consider community feedback, alignment with project objectives, current and future traffic demand, and the benefits of different options to the broader economy.

Community info

Community consultation was recently undertaken to seek feedback on the options under consideration. This feedback is currently being assessed and will be considered with other factors such as costs and the ability to meet road safety, flood immunity and traffic efficiency objectives, when evaluating project options.

Contact details

Email: bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone: 1300 728 390*
Post: Reply Paid 183 
Bruce Highway – Tiaro Flood Immunity Upgrade
Department of Transport and Main Roads
PO Box 183
Gympie QLD 4570
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Last updated
16 September 2019