WORK is getting under way on a $12.5 million reconstruction of the flood-damaged Cunningham Highway between Mutdapilly and Warrill View.
Crews are on the ground spraying weeds and managing vegetation at the side of the highway, with construction expected to start next week.
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said upgrades to the 2km section of road, which was damaged in the 2011 floods, would improve safety, travel times and vehicle operating costs for thousands of motorists.
“We’re doing this for all road users – from the local children, families and staff of Warrill View State School who travel this highway every day to the local producers who frequently use the highway to access the Silverdale Saleyards,” he said.
“Every day nearly 5000 vehicles, more than a quarter of which are heavy vehicles, use this section of the Cunningham Highway alone, so this upgrade will have a positive impact on thousands of people.”
Transport Minister Darren Chester said the Federal Government recognised the importance of the upgrades to ensure safety on the Cunningham Highway – a major freight corridor between Sydney and Brisbane – was maintained.
The project will involve reconstructing and resurfacing the road, replacing road drainage and installing guardrails, line marking and signage.
Work will extend to the entries of the Rosewood-Warrill View Road and Warrill View-Peak Crossing Road intersections.
The upgrade is being funded through $10 million from the Federal Government’s National Highway Upgrade Program and $2.5 million from the State Government.
Changed traffic conditions and minor delays are expected between 6am and 6pm weekdays.
Work is expected to be finished by mid-2017, weather and site conditions permitting.
For up-to-date traffic and travel information, phone 13 19 40 or subscribe to the Cunningham Highway SMS service by visiting www.cunninghamhighwaysms.com.au/
Caption: Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz, pictured right with Hayes and Co auctioneer Craig Bell, is pleased work is starting to upgrade the Cunningham Highway.